Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

1. Nostalgia and the Discourse Concerning 'Nones'

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

Steven W Ramey [+-]
University of Alabama
Steven W. Ramey is a Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, where he also directs the Asian Studies Program. His specialty is in contemporary issues surrounding identifications in India, which he addresses in his book Hindu, Sufi, or Sikh (Palgrave 2008), where he analyzes specifically the practices and contested definitions of communities identified as Sindhi Hindus. He has extended this analysis to reflect on issues in the academic and public discourse surrounding the category religion and issues of identifications in the United States and other contexts.

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Discussions about those who respond to surveys as having no religion intensified when survey results reported an increase in these responses. The common identification of these respondents as “Nones” did not arise from the survey respondents themselves but involved sociologists and the media in the construction of a group from diverse respondents. This label traces back to the 1960s when Glenn Vernon encouraged greater attention to these respondents, and has been a topic of analysis ever since. Multiple surveys employ different questions and response options, and the characteristics of those identified as nones show significant diversity in practice and belief, yet many still gloss this variety as “Nones.” Various organizations and institutions have used this newly constructed group for their own purposes. The formation of the nones also reflects various ideological assumptions such as individualism and nostalgia for a time with clear religious identifications. The attempt in this chapter is to understand the dynamics of the construction of the nones, which illustrates the ways identifications and groups come into existence.

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Ramey, Steven. 1. Nostalgia and the Discourse Concerning 'Nones'. Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 21-47 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781790731. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=23799. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23799. Jan 2019

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