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 Ph.D. candidate in History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her work focuses on the formation of gendered and embodied subjects in African and African immigrant religions.

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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: 08 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34428. Sep 2018

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