Religious cliché and stigma

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As part of the podcast on pervasive clichés, Chris Cotter interviews Brad Stoddard and Craig Martin regarding their recent work how popular clichés are enculturated within our culture. This conversation explores how clichés are both useful and detrimental to the study of religion in that they frame expectations about religion and speak to the social expectations of religious groups by others.
Brad Stoddard
chris silver
Cliche
craig martin
Identity
Psychology of Religion
stigma

The Return of Homo Religiosus

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A couple years ago I stumbled across a cartoon in my Facebook feed. It details two images on top of one another: The first image is of two ‘cavemen‘ who randomly decide to draw a bunch of dicks and boobs on a cave wall.
Agustin Fuentes
belief
Critical theory
evolutionary theory
homo religiosus
Tenzan Eaghll

Religion and its Publics (Part 1)

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This week we've got something a little different for the Features segment. A couple of months ago the RSP attended the Open University's conference on Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspectives. We thought this would be a great opportunity to do another RSP video!

Shall we play the game?

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is something which I have been commenting upon since and constitutes the core of one of my arguments about what it is to do “social science” in my forthcoming The Idea of a Genuine Social Science (Springer, 2018).
BASR
impact
Jonathan Tuckett
public benefit
public intellectual
REF
Religious Studies

This-Lifers and Afterlifers

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It's some time since I talked with my namesake Douglas Ezzy so it's good to have this chance to pick up some of his points even though Tasmania may not be the perfect location to boomerang something back to him from Durham UK. Good, too, since my more frequent friendly chats with Allan Kellehear find some echo in that conversation.
afterlife
Death
Douglas Davies
douglas ezzy

"Unbelief" or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Imprecise Terminology

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Author's cat providing pictorial representation of “‘Unbelief’: comfortable enough for now, probably need to move away from it eventually” For the past few years, the term “unbelief” has made me academically disquieted in a way I’ve never quite been able to place.
Alex Uzdavines
lois lee
Non-Religion
Terminology
Unbelief

A student response to "Hinduism"

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This week we're doing some a little different with the format of the response. Rather than have a single respondent to the interview, we opened up the opportunity to several students from the University of Edinburgh's Religious Studies Masters program to have a stab at writing their own.
hinduism
Isms
Lauren Flynn
religion
Religious Studies
University of Edinburgh
Whitney Roth
Will Sweetman

Mentalizing and Religion

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Cognitive Science of Religion has sometimes been criticized for lack of empirical support. Jonathan Jong went as far as claiming that some theories are ‘notoriously under-determined by data’.
Cognitive Science
cognitive science of religion
Hans van Eyghen
Ingela Visuri
Jonathan Jong
theory of mind

Blended/ing Religion

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Margarita Simon Guillory’s interview presents me with an opportunity to revisit a major question in the study of African American religion(s). That is: How do we name and theorize the practice of combining different belief systems to create a unique new religion?
African American
African-American religion
Justine Bakker
Margarita Guillory
polyculture
religion

Re-Packaging E.B. Tylor

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It is a rather odd experience to be writing a response to a podcast in which I participated, along with Graham Harvey, Paul François Tremlett, James Cox, Miguel Astor-Aguilera and Jonathan Jong. This was a roundtable discussion held at the 2017 British Association for the Study of Religion...
E.B. Tylor
Edward Tylor
Graham Harvey
James Cox
Liam Sutherland
paul-francois tremlett
theory

Engaging with Religion and Populism

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In Professor Brian S. Turner’s RSP podcast interview with Sammy Bishop, a rallying cry for the relevance of sociology of religion rang out. In the aftermath of 9/11, it was the rush to understand Islamic terrorism that re-centred the study of religion in the social sciences. Now, Turner argues,...
Bryan Turner
Donald Trump
fiji
populism
Sociology
Sociology of Religion
Thomas White

The removal and assimilation of NRM Children

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Considering the title of her podcast, I was hoping that Dr Susan Palmer would speak about children in all New Religious Movements (NRM). Instead, I found myself immersed in a discussion about children in more problematic groups such as Hari Krishna, the New Unification Church, Children of God, 12 Tribes, Mormon Polygamists, and Scientology.
Cults
Education
Education Policy
New Religious Movements
NRM
Patricia 'Iolana
Susan Palmer

“Insider Knowledge”: Seeing the Bigger Picture with New Religious Movements

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In his interview with the RSP, George Chryssides considers a prominent methodological challenge for scholars of New Religious Movements (NRMs) – how to approach the narratives of former members of NRMs in an academic context. Ex-member narratives can cover a variety of issues relating to NRMs, ranging from reasons why certain members joined and left the movement, to intricate details involving esoteric practices that are unknown to outsiders.
Aled Thomas
George Chryssides
jehovah's witnesses
New Religious Movements
Scientology

Buddhists and the future of democratic space in Myanmar

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Melissa Crouch’s recent edited volume Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging is a very welcome addition to the dialogue on Buddhist-Muslim relations in Southeast Asia. In the podcast Melissa alludes to a particular phenomenon around South and Southeast Asia.
969 Movement
Buddhism
Melissa Crouch
Muslim NGOs
NGOs
NGOs series
Paul Fuller

Complications and Contradictions in the Usage of ‘Indigenous Religions’

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One of the most challenging and enlightening aspects of my fieldwork among the Adi of Arunachal Pradesh, India, in the far eastern Himalayan foothills, has been considering the concept of ‘indigenous religions’: as a phrase, as a classification, as a rallying point for activism.
Arkotong Longkumer
bjørn ola tafjord
Claire Scheid
Indigeneity
indigenous peoples
indigenous religion