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The insider/outsider problem in the study of religion : a reader

Author: Russell T McCutcheon
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2005.
Series: Controversies in the study of religion.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thirty classic and contemporary readings - from such writers as Kant, Hume, Schleiermacher, and Otto, to Ninian Smart, Mircea Eliade, Karen McCarthy-Brown, and Wendy Doniger.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Russell T McCutcheon
ISBN: 0826481469 9780826481467
OCLC Number: 214046510
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: London : Cassell, 1999.
Description: viii, 405 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Theoretical background: insides, outsides, and the scholar of religion. Introduction --
Body ritual among the Nacirema / Horace Miner --
Etic and emic standpoints for the description of behavior / Kenneth L. Pike --
Is understanding religion compatible with believing? / Alasdair MacIntyre --
"From the native's point of view": on the nature of anthropological understanding / Clifford Geertz --
pt. 2. The autonomy of religious experience. Introduction --
Idea of the holy, chapters I-III / Rudolf Otto --
Meaning and task of the history of religions (Religionswissenschaft) / Joachim Wach --
New humanism / Mircea Eliade --
Feminist anthropology and the gendering of religious studies / Rosalind Shaw --
Anthropological approach to the study of religion / Raymond Firth --
pt. 3. Reductionism and the study of religion. Introduction --
What is enlightenment? / Immanuel Kant --
In defense of reductionism / Robert A. Segal --
Religious discourse and first person authority / Terry F. Godlove, Jr. --
Reductionism and belief: an appraisal of recent attacks on the doctrine of irreducible religion / Daniel Pals --
Religion, explanation, and the askesis of inquiry / Tony Edwards --
pt. 4. Neutrality and methodological agnosticism. Introduction --
Within and without religion / Ninian Smart --
Neutrality in religious studies / Peter Donovan --
Study of religion: neutral, scientific, or neither? / Peter Byrne --
Does understanding religion require religious understanding? / Donald Wiebe --
Fessing up in theory: on professing and confessing in the religious studies classroom / Martin S. Jaffee --
pt. 5. Reflexivity and the role of the researcher. Introduction --
Scholarly voice and the personal voice: reflexivity in belief studies / David J. Hufford --
Witch as a category and as a person / Michael Jackson --
Uses and misuses of other people's myths / Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty --
Writing about "the other" / Karen McCarthy Brown --
Writing ethnography: the poetics and politics of culture / Margery Wolf --
pt. 6. Conclusion. Introduction --
Devil in Mr. Jones / Jonathan Z. Smith --
Religious studies and "heaven's gate": making the strange familiar and the familiar strange / Mark W. Muesse --
Theses on method / Bruce Lincoln.
Series Title: Controversies in the study of religion.
Responsibility: edited by Russell T. McCutcheon.

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"Presents an outstanding overview of the insider/outsider problem in the study of religion."- Teaching Theology and Religion "Undergraduates will find this collection very valuable.[ ]McCutcheon Read more...

 
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