Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

4. The Material Production of Otherworldly Citizenship: From Paper to Digital Files to Bodies

Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

Lauren Horn Griffin [+-]
Louisiana State University
Lauren Horn Griffin is Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Louisiana State University. Her work focuses on religion, politics, media, and technology.

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This chapter explores the physical (including digitized) materials that authorize and produce citizenship, analyzing the varieties of alternative “nations” or “worlds” get imagined through these regimes of paperwork. In the first section, I ask how those imagined communities shape the discourses on identities and either challenge or maintain normative conceptions of American national identity. In the second section, I explore the move from paper to the digital (including biometrics) as mediators of citizenship, raising questions about the changes that digitization might bring in society’s relationship to identity formation and to memory.

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Griffin, Lauren. 4. The Material Production of Otherworldly Citizenship: From Paper to Digital Files to Bodies. Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 55-66 Jul 2022. ISBN 9781781799666. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39444. Date accessed: 18 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39444. Jul 2022

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