Naming Things

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Steven W Ramey [+-]
University of Alabama
Steven W. Ramey is a Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, where he also directs the Asian Studies Program.


In this chapter, Ramey unpacks media uses of the terms “church” and “cult” following a World Peace and Unification Sanctuary ceremony blessing AR-15s in Pennsylvania, USA, noting that these labels are not neutral descriptors. Ramey argues that whether discussing a mainstream or marginalized group, scholars must be careful not to reinforce popular labels and instead critically analyze how and by whom certain labels are being employed.

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Ramey, Steven. Naming Things. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40263. Aug 2024

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