Manufacturing Religion

Manufacturing Religion : The Discourse on Sui Generis Religion and the Politics of Nostalgia

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In this book, Russell McCutcheon offers a powerful critique of traditional religious scholarship, focusing on a number of interrelated targets. Most prominent among these are: History of Religions as a discipline; Mircea Eliade, the founder of the discipline; contemporary textbooks on world religions; and the oft-repeated bromide that 'religion' is a sui generis phenomenon. He skilfully analyses the ideological basis for and service of the sui generis argument, demonstrating that it has been used to constitute the field's object of study in a form that is ahistoric, apolitical, fetishized, and sacrosanct.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 160.5 x 235.2 x 22.6mm | 580.61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1 halftone
  • 0195105036
  • 9780195105032
  • 2,111,669

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No one who has employed in an academic context terms such as 'sacred', Isui generis', 'reductionism' and, above all, 'religion', can afford to ignore this book ... one cannot but welcome his critique of the ideological forces at work in some of the key theorists of religion and in the profession at large. * Gustavo Benavides, Religion, April 2000. *
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