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

9. So You’re Not a Priest? Identifying the Scholar of Religion

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—a portion of which was originally a blog post as part of a series—addresses the challenge of not just describing ones work to non-specialists but, as a scholar of religion interested in category formation and the implications of classification systems, the difficulties often encountered when discussing ones work to other scholars who apparently take for granted the limited areas in which scholars of religion ought to carry out their work. Because of the influence that work on category formation has had over the past decades, early career readers would do well to think through the problem well ahead of finding themselves in a job interview—for the assumption that scholars of religions merely study one or more of the world religions will not go away any time soon.

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McCutcheon, Russell. 9. So You’re Not a Priest? Identifying the Scholar of Religion. Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 121-132 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781796832. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34257. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34257. Sep 2018

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