Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

12. Secular Publics and the Study of Religion: A Few Considerations for Critical Scholars

Fabricating Difference - Steven W Ramey

Charles McCrary [+-]
Florida State University
Charles McCrary is a PhD student in American religious history at Florida State University. His dissertation is a study of "sincerely held religious belief" in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America, focusing on the centrality of "sincerity" in issues regarding authenticity politics, secularism, and religious freedom.

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This essay considers the particular publics in which scholars of religion might speak, the limitations to critical discourse (as differentiated, by Hughes and others, from uncritical or perhaps “insider” or “theological” discourse) imposed by those spaces, and how we might overcome these limitations. The essay considers a few cases studies from liberal political theory and American religious freedom jurisprudence before closing with some practical questions for critical scholars as they address and thus construct their publics.

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McCrary, Charles. 12. Secular Publics and the Study of Religion: A Few Considerations for Critical Scholars. Fabricating Difference. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 126-134 Jul 2017. ISBN 9781781794876. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31455. Date accessed: 23 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31455. Jul 2017

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