Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - 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.
Steffen Führding [+-]
Leibniz University Hannover
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Steffen Führding teaches at the Department for the Study of Religion at Leibniz University Hannover. He has published on the history of the study of religion and theoretical debates within the discipline, including Jenseits von Religion (transcript, 2015).
Adrian Hermann [+-]
University of Bonn
Adrian Hermann is Professor of Religion and Society at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW) of the University of Bonn.


This preface introduces the Volume “Hijacked: A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion,” edited by Leslie Dorrough Smith, Steffen Führding, and Adrian Hermann. It is a result of an international conference on the topic held June 7–11, 2017, at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, University of Bonn, Germany. The scholars gathered were interested in considering the rhetorical strategies that various social groups use to construct the category “religion” as a public, political tool. Our goals for the group included, among other things: analyzing the political interests that shape such good/bad perceptions; identifying the frequently unnoticed rhetorical practices that create this distinction between “good religion” and “bad religion”; and exploring new opportunities for critical analysis of this political dynamic that are more analytically sound.

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Smith, Leslie; Führding, Steffen; Hermann, Adrian. Preface. Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781797273. Date accessed: 11 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39802. Sep 2020

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