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4. Catagorizing Contrariety: Narrative and Taxonomy in the Construction of Sikhism

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1. Title Title of document 4. Catagorizing Contrariety: Narrative and Taxonomy in the Construction of Sikhism - Constructing Data in Religious Studies
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country John Soboslai; Montclair State University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Categorization; Nominalism; David Hume; Hinduism; Sikhism; British Raj
5. Subject Subject classification academic study of religion; theory of religion
6. Description Abstract In response to the provocative essay by Annette Yoshiko Reed, this paper engages with some of her main ideas and the ways categorization operates as a practice in academic and cultural contexts. First interrogating some philosophical bases for approaching religion as a discrete category, the author proceeds to frame Reed’s approach in the nominalism of David Hume by which general ideas are formed by relations of impressions. After characterizing Reed’s efforts as the analysis of narrative constructions of contiguity, using the case of transnational Sikh groups striving for political recognition in the early to mid-twentieth century as a case study for another nominalist relation: contrariety. By analyzing the ways religion was used in a two-pronged attempt to distinguish Sikhism from its parent ‘religion’ Hinduism, this essay provides a complement to Reed’s model by considering how religious classification is employed in a specific socio-cultural context towards political ends. The author concludes with an encouragement to attend to the ‘why’ of categorization as much as the ‘how’.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 08-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.34169
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Constructing Data in Religious Studies
16. Language English=en En
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