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1. Title Title of document 3. Reply to Vaia Touna: Situated Descriptions - Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Steven Ramey; University of Alabama; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; social sciences
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6. Description Abstract Building on Vaia Touna’s response to my chapter on the construction
of the nones, I argue that our academic descriptions
should reflect the contingent nature of descriptions that Touna
emphasizes. Any description of past actions, an item, or a scholar’s
work makes selections and emphases that create the object
of its discussion. Rather than arguing that some descriptions
are true and others are false, I suggest that descriptions can
be more or less convincing and valuable. I propose three ways
of analyzing any description’s incompleteness, including its
correspondence to evidence, the coherence of the connections
presented, and the classifications employed. Then I propose
three strategies to be more self-reflexive about the contingency
of descriptions and their role in constituting the object of their
discourse, and I demonstrate some of those strategies by rewriting
a paragraph of my original chapter in which I failed to
acknowledge the limited nature of the narrative.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 07-Jan-2019
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.23801
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity
16. Language English=en en
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