Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars - Russell T. McCutcheon

Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars - Russell T. McCutcheon

5. Making Experts Curious About Their Expertise in the Introductory Course

Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars - 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).

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Published here for the first time, this chapter revisits the choices that structure our introductory classes, doing so by reflecting on the goals that motivated my own 2007 book, Studying Religion: An Introduction. Emphasizing skills rather than data—but also recognizing that historical and ethnographic information is the necessary place where we model the use of these skills—the approach modeled here is in keeping with the broad-based skills that many faculty hope to convey to students enrolled in their lower-level, introductory courses. The implicit question of the chapter, then, is: How might one teach an introduction to the study of religion if the world religions approach is undesirable?

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McCutcheon, Russell. 5. Making Experts Curious About Their Expertise in the Introductory Course. Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 67-82 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781796832. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34253. Date accessed: 23 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34253. Sep 2018

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