"If I had a Nickel for Every Time...": Thinking Critically about Data

Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Leslie Dorrough Smith [+-]
Avila University
Leslie Dorrough Smith is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Avila University (Kansas City, MO), where she is also the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She is the author of Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America (Oxford, 2014) and is working on a manuscript on the social significance of political sex scandals in the United States. Her research interests focus on American conservative Protestants, critical theory, and the use of method and theory in both religious studies and gender studies.

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It is commonplace for scholars in the field of Religious Studies to quote Jonathan Z. Smith’s phrase “….there is no data for religion” and yet simultaneously fail to take seriously the call to analytical rigor that such a phrase was intended to invoke regarding how and why we construct the concept “religion.” This introduction presents the reader several key theoretical and methodological issues scholars of religion must face as they consider what constitutes their data – that is, the object of their study -- and provides an overview of the structure of the book.

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Smith, Leslie. "If I had a Nickel for Every Time...": Thinking Critically about Data. Constructing Data in Religious Studies - Examining the Architecture of the Academy. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781796764. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37431. Date accessed: 19 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37431. Oct 2019

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