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

8. Perhaps (Not) Love…

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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This chapter, previously unpublished and originally delivered at a plenary session of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) that was devoted to the AAR President’s 2016 conference theme—“revolutionary love”—argues that the theme is yet another practical example of the ongoing identity crisis in the academic study of religion. Seeing love as a folk designation used by groups (of which scholars are, of course, members themselves) rather than an analytic category of research, the chapter argues that scholars (like any social agent) would do well not only to reflect on the many different personae or selves that they possess but also the various venues in which each is best operationalized.

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McCutcheon, Russell. 8. Perhaps (Not) Love…. Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 108-120 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781796832. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34256. Date accessed: 19 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34256. Sep 2018

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