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Book: Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion

Chapter: 12. The Resiliency of Conceptual Anachronisms: On the Limits of ‘the West’ and ‘Religion'

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24316


In the previous chapter, Vaia Touna looked to a small village in Central Macedonia to introduce this chapter by McCutcheon. The two chapters engage seemingly distinct data sets, to suggest that scholars, and their use of tradition, rely on and make possible various authorizing acts. Tradition is not a thing unto itself, but a notion offered through reification and manipulations of time, and uncritical, unreflexive, anachronistic uses of methodologies inherited from disciplinary silos.

Chapter Contributors

  • Russell T. McCutcheon ( - book-auth-8) 'University of Alabama'