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Chapter 1: Relational Religious Lives: Beyond Insider/Outsider Binaries in the Study of Religion

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1. Title Title of document Chapter 1: Relational Religious Lives: Beyond Insider/Outsider Binaries in the Study of Religion - The Insider/Outsider Debate
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Stephen Gregg; University of Wolverhampton;
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country George Chryssides; York St John University; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) McCutcheon; insider/outsider; emic/etic; believing without belonging; lived religion; vernacular religion; religious identity; religious community; religious belonging
5. Subject Subject classification Religious education; religion and culture; applied religious studies; ethnography
6. Description Abstract It has become clear that binary notions of religious belonging, based upon narrow views of religion as a monolithic category of participation, are no longer tenable within the Study of Religion. Similarly, recent scholarship has emphasised a relational approach to engagement with religious communities and individuals, critiquing previous conceptions of scholastic objectivity and participation. However, much pedagogy and research about religion and religions still uses insider and outsider categories uncritically. As methodology within the study of religion - and particularly the study of everyday religion - has developed in the last decade, a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be an insider or outsider is needed. Indeed, this focus upon the performance of everyday religious lives must lead to a re-evaluation of ‘what religion is’, thus complicating issues of situation and approach to religion and religious communities. In so doing, we complicate the associated relationships religious practitioners and scholars have with these religious individuals and communities. Quite simply, when we re-negotiate ‘what religion is’ and ‘what religious people do’, with the subsequent challenging of sacred/profane dichotomies, we create a landscape where structured and restrictive notions of ‘insideness’ or ‘outsideness’ may no longer apply. If this is indeed the case, we need to re-focus upon performed everyday narratives and malleable, often complicated and contested, religious identities at the overlaps and edges between researchers, individuals and religious hierarchies, communities and worldviews.

This chapter aims to provide context for the current debate, and suggest a new relational continuum approach to the inside/outside issue in the Study of Religion which is reflective of contemporary developments in methodology, focusing in particular on issues of lived religion.

7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Oct-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.27422
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Insider/Outsider Debate
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
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