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Journal Cover Critical Research on Religion
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   ISSN (Print) 2050-3032 - ISSN (Online) 2050-3040
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [835 journals]
  • Foucault, pastoral power, and optics
    • Pages: 233 - 249
      Abstract: The article shows that in Foucault’s late 1970s and early 1980s analyses of pastoral, conductive power—most essentially in early and medieval Christianity—the issue of sight and visual perception recurs and occupies a crucial status. In Foucault’s discussion, these Christian relations of power, knowledge, and truth are attached with a surveying gaze that is both totalizing as well as individualizing, one that is mobilized by the thrust towards perfect visibility, transparency, and illumination of the subject turned into an object. The intention is also to develop Foucault’s analysis further, by demonstrating how Christian, providential government can be and actually has been detached from the totalizing modality of optics, and instead become articulated with a very different sort of sight and seeing, one that is non-totalizing and affirms its own limits. The article maintains that from this angle, Foucault’s conception of modern, economic-liberal governmentality has essential convergences with the Christian form of providential government, even though Foucault himself leaves these convergences partly inarticulate.
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567668
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • 'Good food: Islamic food ethics beyond religious dietary laws
    • Authors: Dahlan-Taylor; M.
      Pages: 250 - 265
      Abstract: In this article, I aim to contribute to the remedy of the current under-theorization of discourse on food ethics and politics from the perspective of the Islamic food tradition by proposing a formulation of an Islamic conception of food justice that extends the religious discourse on food beyond that of dietary laws. The conception of Islamic food justice that I propose makes explicit the connections between the religious, ethical, and political discourses on food. First, I argue that the similarity between the central question of the secular approach to food ethics (i.e. what the rational-ethical individual should eat) and that of the modern interpretation of the religious approach to food (i.e. what the pious individual should eat) is best understood as a consequence of the shared assumption of the modern concept of subjectivity. Second, I argue that problematizing the concept of subjectivity that underlies both the secular and the religious approaches to food ethics is key to challenging the boundaries of the current disciplinary-bound discourses as it would allow for a reformulation of the central question beyond that of individual identity and extend the religious discourse on food to the realm on politics.
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567670
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Santa Rosalia and Mamma Schiavona: Popular Worship between Religiosity and
    • Authors: Piraino, F; Zambelli, L.
      Pages: 266 - 281
      Abstract: Despite the secularization process, popular religion in modern or post-modern societies still retains a central role. In this article, we analyze the worship of Santa Rosalia and Mamma Schiavona. The former is worshiped by Romani and Tamil people; the latter, the Mary of Montevergine Sanctuary, is also venerated by groups of homosexuals and transsexuals. The reworking of religious categories made by these subaltern groups reminds us of the dynamic nature of Catholicism, which changes thanks to continuous contact with external and internal elements. Through Gramsci’s interpretation of popular religion as a symbolic instrument of social recognition and affirmation in opposition to the hegemonic culture, we demonstrate that popular religion plays a central social role in the construction of worldviews, sometimes in contrast with the hegemonic culture, not only as an affirmation of a different identity but as an affirmation of presence.
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215593150
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • The politics of biblical interpretation: A review essay
    • Authors: Hughes; A. W.
      Pages: 282 - 296
      Abstract: This article reviews four recent books that all purport to deal with politics in ancient Israel. Despite dealing with the Bible, they are all saturated with modern concerns.
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215613146
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Theses on the critique of "religion"
    • Authors: Martin; C.
      Pages: 297 - 302
      Abstract: Those of us who study the history and politics of the concept of religion and its related terms often find that our peers in adjacent disciplines or subdisciplines do not take into account our findings and continue to use the terms naively and unreflexively. Perhaps this is because they are unaware of the problematic norms knotted into the history of the concept or the contested political stakes involved in its use. Or, perhaps they are engaged in just the very sort of politics our subdiscipline documents. When discussing this with one of the editors of CRR, he asked me to outline why those not engaged in the historicization of the concept of religion should take our work into account. How or why would a contemporary sociologist of religion benefit from reading, for example, a discourse analysis of Reformation-era theologico-political rhetoric? To that end, here I put forward the following theses on the critique of the concept of religion, making the case, as boldly and as succinctly as I can, why our work is relevant to all who write on "religion," and provide references to the essential literature on the subject for those who wish to pursue further reading on the matter.
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215613147
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Critical religion and critical research on religion: Religion and politics
           as modern fictions
    • Authors: Fitzgerald; T.
      Pages: 303 - 319
      Abstract: The purpose of this response piece is to summarize what is meant by "critical religion" as a contribution to the ongoing debates within the discipline, and specifically in relation to critical research on religion.
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215613123
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Alexandre Kojeve - Descartes and Buddha
    • Authors: Pozdniakov; M. A.
      Pages: 320 - 322
      Abstract: A translation from Russian into English of Alexandre Kojève's narrative article, taken from his diary of 1920. Foremost, it is a literary piece. Descartes and Buddha appear to the narrator as part of a reverie or dream. They engage in dialogue. Soon, their exchange and the dream itself are disrupted, and the narrative ends. An articulation of historical difference is not the aim of this piece; rather, the dialogue stages through its characters the procession of dialectical reasoning. As a document of intellectual history, it shows clearly the beginnings in the manner of thought of the philosopher who later became so instrumental for the interpretation of Hegel in the 20th century.
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215613148
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Peter L Berger, The Many Altars of Modernity: Toward a Paradigm for
           Religion in a Pluralist Age
    • Authors: Hjelm; T.
      Pages: 323 - 326
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215613124
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Thumbelina: The culture and technology of millennials
    • Authors: Howles; T.
      Pages: 326 - 329
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215593154
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Robert M. Bosco, Securing the sacred: Religion, national security, and the
           western state
    • Authors: Hassner; R. E.
      Pages: 330 - 333
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215593155
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
  • Liz Disley, Hegel, Love and Forgiveness: Positive Recognition in German
    • Authors: Brower Latz; A.
      Pages: 333 - 336
      PubDate: 2015-11-29T21:49:54-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215613144
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 3 (2015)
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