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

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

21. Definition, Comparison, Critique

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

Johan Strijdom [+-]
University of South Africa
Johan Strijdom is Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at the University of South Africa, Pretoria. In his research he focuses on religious nationalism and violence, critiques of indigenous religious claims and practices, and critical approaches to material mediations of religion. These areas are analyzed in a comparative and historically nuanced way, by elaborating a critique of class, gender and ethnic power relations from a postcolonial location in the global south. He is currently editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, which is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa.

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This response suggests three ways that might enhance Owen’s contribution on the categories of class and economy, as she analyses hegemonies, normalization of hierarchies and subjugation of marginalized religious groups in the British state’s legal definition of religion in terms of charity. First, by relating definitions of religion in contemporary British law to those in imperial religious studies, and by defining and theorizing economy as suggested by Chidester. Secondly, by comparing the definition and function of religion in U.K. charity law with that in the U.S.A. or global South. Lastly, by clarifying whether her intention is to offer only a description of the normalization of hierarchies by the state, or also to take a normative stance against hegemonies, whether in the academy or in marginalized groups.

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Strijdom, Johan. 21. Definition, Comparison, Critique. Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 213-219 Jul 2022. ISBN 9781781799666. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39452. Date accessed: 12 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39452. Jul 2022

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