Method Today - Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion - Brad Stoddard

Method Today - Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion - Brad Stoddard

10. Perhaps Action Enough

Method Today - Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion - Brad Stoddard

Emily D. Crews [+-]
University of Chicago Divinity School
Emily D. Crews is a PhD Candidate in History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her research considers projects of identity construction, maintenance, and negotiation in African and African diaspora religions, with a particular focus on gender and the body. In the classroom she thinks with students about major categories and ideas in the study of religion through everyday phenomena like friendship, fantasy novels, Greek life, and the Great Emu War of 1932.

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In "Description, Prescription, and the Category of 'Religion,'" Emily Crews offers a response to Naomi Goldenberg's "Toward a Pushier Critique of 'Religion' and Attendant Categories." After a summary of Goldenberg's argument, she focuses on three primary issues raised by the article: the imbrication of governments and the category of 'religion,' the relationship between categories and essences, and the generative tensions between the descriptive and prescriptive methods. She ultimately argues that Goldenberg's efforts might be a persuasive roadmap for projects in Religious Studies that productively intertwine the normative and the scholarly.

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Crews, Emily. 10. Perhaps Action Enough. Method Today - Redescribing Approaches to the Study of Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 114-118 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781795682. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34428. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34428. Sep 2018

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