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Away from the Centre: On the Edges and Adjacencies of Religious Forms

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1. Title Title of document Away from the Centre: On the Edges and Adjacencies of Religious Forms - Religion as Relation
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Simon Coleman; University of Toronto; Canada
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) study of religion; religious studies methodologies; religious studies approaches; philosophy of religion; history of religious studies; history of religion; anthropology and religion
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Studies Methodologies; philosophy
6. Description Abstract Like Knibbe, Simon Coleman (Chapter 11) addresses in his contribution the issue of how to study religion in the field. Rather than contemplating the method of participant observation as such, Coleman focuses on the question of where the researcher should look for religion when conducting participant observation. His chapter opens with the paradoxical observation that despite their commitment to focusing on everyday social relations, anthropologists studying ritual tend to focus on sites and contexts of ritual density and commitment – fieldwork situations occupied by more engaged believers and religious specialists. Drawing on his work among Pentecostals in Sweden, shrine pilgrims in England, and the numerous and unpredictable visitors to English cathedrals, Coleman explores the methodological and theoretical issues involved in studying ritual peripheries, penumbras and edges. He explores both the difficulties and opportunities in carrying out such work, and considers the usefulness of a number of different metaphorical and analytical frames for analysing ritual action and engagement that take place away from the centres of performance, including ideas of “vicarious”, “lateral”, “adjacent” and “alienated” participation. He points out that ritual and religion emerge as deeply relational in such analyses, but often also as inchoate and under-determined.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 24-Oct-2021
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.42560
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Religion as Relation
16. Language English=en en
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