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Materiality and the Study of Religion : The Stuff of the Sacred (Hardcover) (Tim Hutchings & Joanne

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Material culture has emerged over the last decade as a significant theoretical concern for the study of religion. This book contributes to and evaluates this material turn, presenting 12 chapters of new empirical research and theoretical reflection. The contributors address three key themes: how objects become or cease to be religious; how objects are used in contests over access to public space and resources; and how religion is embodied and performed by individuals in their everyday lives. Using material culture as a lens through which to explore the ongoing transformations of symbols and practices in lived religion today, the contributors present insights from a broad range of new research projects and theoretical approaches. Chapters discuss the significance of the materiality of religion across different religious traditions and diverse geographical regions; close attention is paid to gender, age, ethnicity and class, and to the timely and politically significant research fields of ’non-religion’, religious integration and political activism. This book contributes to this rapidly-growing field of study by gathering the latest research from some of the leading international scholars of material religion and focusing closely (but not exclusively) on the context of religion in Britain.
Number of Pages: 245
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Tim Hutchings & Joanne Mckenzie
Language: English
Street Date: December 21, 2016
TCIN: 51834805
UPC: 9781472477835
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-9819
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