10. Affinities, Benefits, and Costs: The ABCs of Good Scholars Gone Public
Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion - Social and Rhetorical Techniques Examined - Monica R. Miller
Russell T. McCutcheon [+]
University of Alabama
Russell T. McCutcheon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His major publications include Manufacutring Religion (Oxford University Press, 1997), The Guide to the Study of Religion (Bloomsbury, 2000), Critics not Caretakers: Redescribing the Public Study of Religion (State University of New York Press, 2001) and The Discipline of Religion: Structure, Meaning, Rhetoric (Routledge, 2003). His most recent book, co-authored with William Arnal, is The Sacred is the Profane: The Political Nature of 'Religion' (Oxford University Press, 2013).
McCutcheon critiques the notion of the scholar of religion 'qua' public intellectual and engages with the work of the scholar Bruce Lincoln in particular.