Restoring the Chain of Memory - T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Australian Indigenous Knowledge - James L. Cox

Restoring the Chain of Memory - T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Australian Indigenous Knowledge - James L. Cox

Restoring the Chain of Memory: A Theory of Religion and Indigenous Religions

Restoring the Chain of Memory - T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Australian Indigenous Knowledge - James L. Cox

James L. Cox [+-]
University of Edinburgh and Western Sydney University
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James L. Cox is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, University of Edinburgh,and Adjunct Professor in the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University. He has particular interests in the study of Indigenous Religions, with emphases on Africa, the Arctic and Australia and in methodologies in the academic study of religions.

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This chapter establishes the theoretical base on which the analysis of this book proceeds. After outlining a theory of religion as the transmission of an overwhelming authoritative tradition that is passed on from generation to generation, or what the French sociologist Danièle Hervieu-Léger calls a ‘chain of memory’, Indigenous Religions are described as limited by two key concepts: kinship and locality. The chapter then considers the breakdown of memory as evidenced in the decline of religion in contemporary societies and by the demise of traditional religion in Indigenous contexts. It is on the basis of these key theoretical constructs that the writings of T.G.H. Strehlow are presented in later chapters and which form the basis for the author’s analysis of the repatriation of knowledge movement now developing in Central Australia.

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Cox, James. Restoring the Chain of Memory: A Theory of Religion and Indigenous Religions. Restoring the Chain of Memory - T.G.H. Strehlow and the Repatriation of Australian Indigenous Knowledge. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 24-39 Mar 2018. ISBN 9781781793374. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27444. Date accessed: 25 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27444. Mar 2018

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