Who Owns Religion?

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Author Name: Patton, Laurie L.
Publisher : The University of Chicago Pres
Number Of Pages: 320
Cover: Paperback
Description: This text focuses on a period – the late 1980s through the 1990s – when scholars of religion were accused of scandalizing or denigrating the very communities they had imagined themselves honouring through their work. While controversies involving scholarly claims about religion are nothing new, this period saw an increase in vitriol that remains with us today. Taking the reader through several compelling case studies, Patton identifies two trends of the ’80s and ’90s that fuelled that rise: the growth of multicultural identity politics, which enabled a form of volatile public debate she terms ‘eruptive public space,’ and the advent of the Internet, which offered new ways for religious groups to read scholarship and respond publicly.

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