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The Invention of Tradition

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1. Title Title of document The Invention of Tradition - 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 the concept of ‘the invention of tradition,’ drawing on the critical literature and on a wide range of examples from various religions in three edited collections that constitute the relevant literature in our field (van Henten/Houtepen 2001; Engler/Grieve 2005; Hammer/Lewis 2007). It illustrates a core methodological tension: between investigating whether tradition is true to its origins/transmission (real as opposed to invented) and investigating how tradition is portrayed and received as true (making the invented ‘real’). The key claim is that (just as with religious beliefs more generally) what matters about tradition is not its actual but its perceived authenticity. The goal is to make a case that the latter approach is more valuable because it takes into account issues of power and ideology. (The main examples here will be from indigenous traditions, especially in the South Pacific.)
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.38403
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Tradition
16. Language English=en en
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