Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

Origins Today

Fabricating Origins - Russell T. McCutcheon

Russell T. McCutcheon [+-]
University of Alabama
Russell T. McCutcheon is Distinguished Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His major publications include Manufacturing 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).


What is origins today? I shall give at the outset a first, very simple answer: claims of origination are a form of speech or writing and, as such, they are acts in the present for social effect in that present situation’s imagined future.

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McCutcheon, Russell . Origins Today. Fabricating Origins. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 77-92 May 2015. ISBN 9781781791752. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24343. Date accessed: 16 Jan 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24343. May 2015

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