Theory in a Time of Excess - Beyond Reflection and Explanation in Religious Studies Scholarship - Aaron W. Hughes

Theory in a Time of Excess - Beyond Reflection and Explanation in Religious Studies Scholarship - Aaron W. Hughes

7. The High Stakes of Identifying (with) One's Object of Study

Theory in a Time of Excess - Beyond Reflection and Explanation in Religious Studies Scholarship - Aaron W. Hughes

K. Merinda Simmons [+-]
University of Alabama
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K. Merinda Simmons is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, and author of Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora (Ohio State University Press, 2014). She focuses in her teaching and research on identi- cations of race, gender, and religion in the Caribbean and the American South.

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Simmons reflects on her training in English to argue for the centrality of critical theory to interrogate power dynamics, specifically the ways in which race, gender, sexuality, capital are constructed. She then juxtaposes this with the study of identity formation in the academic study of religion. The latter, unlike the former, is predicated upon a rejection of post-structuralist critique so as to take stock of “lived experiences” of marginalized groups. What accounts for this inversion, she suggest, is the relationship between scholars and their object of study.

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Simmons, K. Merinda. 7. The High Stakes of Identifying (with) One's Object of Study. Theory in a Time of Excess - Beyond Reflection and Explanation in Religious Studies Scholarship. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 59-68 Jan 2017. ISBN 9781781794241. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28833. Date accessed: 24 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28833. Jan 2017

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