Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Analysing the Reception of and Debate Over the Building Block Approach

Building Blocks of Religion - Critical Applications and Future Prospects - Göran Larsson

Göran Larsson [+-]
University of Gothenburg
Göran Larsson is a Professor in the Study of Religions at the University of Gothenburg. His main research focus is Islam and Muslims in Europe both past and present, but he also has a general interest in theoretical and methodological questions concerning the study of humans, especially with regard to religion. Besides these topics, Larsson has also conducted research on global conflicts and how they impact on Swedish society. He has published several books, chapters and articles with international publishing houses, for example, Brill, Routledge, Springer and Ashgate.

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This book introduces and summarises the Building Block Approach to Religious Studies that has been developed and proposed by professor Ann Taves (University of Santa Barbara) and associate professor Egil Asprem (Stockholm University). The book opens with a lengthy introduction by Taves and Asprem that describes the Building Block Approach, explains how and why they developed it, and what it can be used for in the study of religions. The introduction by Taves and Asprem is followed by seven responses, comments and critiques that identify pros and cons of the approach suggested by Taves and Asprem. The book ends with a response by Taves and Asprem. The overall aim of the book is to provide a short and user-friendly introduction and critical discussion of the building block approach to religious studies that can be used by undergraduate, graduate and more advanced scholars in the field of religious studies. The aim is to provide a critical primer that addresses how and why scholars of religions should pay attention to the building block approach to religious studies.

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Larsson, Göran. Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Analysing the Reception of and Debate Over the Building Block Approach. Building Blocks of Religion - Critical Applications and Future Prospects. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Feb 2020. ISBN 9781781798676. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37587. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37587. Feb 2020

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