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

10. Why I Blog

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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With the advent of online self-publishing (i.e., blogging), the venues in which scholars can now publicize their work has opened dramatically—though not all venues are equally valued by those who govern ones career progress. This chapter, published here for the first time, reflects on the reasons why one might decide to blog—a decision that depends on a variety of factors, from ones career stage to the intended audiences one hopes to reach with ones research. Beginning by taking seriously the popular writing of no less a scholar than the French semiotician, Roland Barthes, the chapter re-evaluates the place of blogging in scholarship, recognizing that, while it is indeed different from peer reviewed publishing in articles and books, it may still be one of the more consequential places where our work appears.

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McCutcheon, Russell. 10. Why I Blog. Religion in Theory and Practice - Demystifying the Field for Burgeoning Scholars. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 133-154 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781796832. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34258. Date accessed: 14 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34258. Sep 2018

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