Religion and the Domestication of Dissent: Or, How to Live in a Less Than Perfect Nation

Religion and the Domestication of Dissent: Or, How to Live in a Less Than Perfect Nation

by Russell T. McCutcheon
     
 

The ubiquitous rhetorics of uniform origins and timeless principles, of pure intentions versus degraded expressions, and of pristine insides versus ambiguous outsides, says McCutcheon (religious studies, U. of Alabama), are all useful to groups engaging in the sleight of hand called social formation. He generalizes them and their ilk into a rhetoric of authenticity,… See more details below

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The ubiquitous rhetorics of uniform origins and timeless principles, of pure intentions versus degraded expressions, and of pristine insides versus ambiguous outsides, says McCutcheon (religious studies, U. of Alabama), are all useful to groups engaging in the sleight of hand called social formation. He generalizes them and their ilk into a rhetoric of authenticity, which perforce must shift color as the world around it changes. Distributed in the US by the David Brown Book Company. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845530006
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Religion in Culture Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1"Religion" and the lust for dogmatic rule1
Ch. 2Swapping spit around the camp fire16
Ch. 3The tricks and treats of classification33
Ch. 4A little more authentic than was really necessary47
Ch. 5Another reason why societies need dissent64
Ch. 6That versatile little problem-solver82

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