Play, Pain and Religion
Play, Pain and Religion is the first consideration of the practices associated with BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Submission and Masochism) in the context of Religious Studies scholarship. The focus is an exploration of BDSM experience as it emerges from the complex interactions of kink activities and relationship.
The book examines practitioner accounts of BDSM experience alongside those practitioner’s personal identification with terms such as ‘religious’ and ‘spiritual’. Experiences categorised by BDSM practitioners as spiritual are commonly described in the same terms, and given the same value, as descriptions of experiences which are not so categorised. The book thus argues that the significance of a given experience is not located solely within any intrinsic quality ascribed to it but in subsequent constructions around the nature and meaning of the event. It examines some such constructions, moving away from absolute definitions of religion or religions to consider the religious as an active process of meaning-, world- and story-making. By using this ‘religioning’ framework some ways in which BDSM can potentially be used in such processes are examined.
Published: Aug 1, 2021
|Introduction: Processes of Religioning||Alison Robertson|
|Setting the Scene||Alison Robertson|
|What it is that we do: Experiential Accounts of Play||Alison Robertson|
|The Play Experience (1): Making Play-Spaces||Alison Robertson|
|The Play Experience (2): Inside Play-Spaces||Alison Robertson|
|Subcultural Identity: Kink in Context and in Clothes||Alison Robertson|
|Kinky Bodies||Alison Robertson|
|Exploring the Edge||Alison Robertson|
|Kink Ritualizing||Alison Robertson|
|Conclusion: Gestalt Kink, Gestalt Religion||Alison Robertson|
|A Kink Glossary||Alison Robertson|
|Research Participants||Alison Robertson|