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Tradition as Cultural Transmission

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1. Title Title of document Tradition as Cultural Transmission - Tradition
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Steven Engler; Mount Royal University; Canada
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) study of religion; invention of tradition; categories in religion; concepts in religion; Robert Redfield; Edward Shils; Hobsbawm; Boyer
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Studies
6. Description Abstract This chapter will review theoretical approaches that look at tradition in terms of cultural transmission (cultural memory, epidemiology of representations, functionalist views from sociology, and cognitivist views within the study of religion). It will critique these views’ implicit assumptions about truth and representation (the accuracy of relations between the putative origin and the later reception of tradition). The goal is to make a case that, despite their importance, these approaches are not the most useful or relevant for the study of religion: an ideology-critical approach captures other issues that, I will argue, are more central.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2024
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38402
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Tradition
16. Language English=en en
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