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Religion, Genealogy, and the Study of American Religions

Issue: Vol 47 No. 3–4 (2018)

Journal: Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Buddhist Studies Islamic Studies Biblical Studies

DOI: 10.1558/bsor.35681


This article serves as one of four responses to Dana Logan's 2017 JAAR article entitled, "Lean Closet: Asceticism in Postindustrial Consumer Culture." It investigates the value of genealogical method for the field of American religious history and establishes both benefits and drawbacks to its application.

Author: L. Benjamin Rolsky

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