Closing the Gaps—Some Notes on the Making of Perspectives

This special issue revolves around two main problems that need disentangling: the emic–etic debate and the insider–outsider problem. As the appointed discussant to the workshop in which this issue’s papers were first presented, I noted the emergence of some related and recurring problems on which I...

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Published in:Method & theory in the study of religion
Main Author: Jensen, Jeppe Sinding
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2016
In:Method & theory in the study of religion
Year: 2016, Volume: 28, Issue: 4/5, Pages: 465-477
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Science of Religion / Method / Normativity / Relativity / Discourse
Further subjects:B Methodology normativity e- and i-religion type–token relations relativism discourse\s on religion
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Summary:This special issue revolves around two main problems that need disentangling: the emic–etic debate and the insider–outsider problem. As the appointed discussant to the workshop in which this issue’s papers were first presented, I noted the emergence of some related and recurring problems on which I further elaborate in this article. These problems can be summed up as differences in methods and theories in various disciplines that create “gaps” between their results. Moreover, there are problems concerning matters of scale, type–token relations, questions about the relations between the public and private character of religion, the seemingly inevitable ambiguities of relativism and, finally, the various modes of discourse on religion\s.
ISSN:1570-0682
Contains:In: Method & theory in the study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15700682-12341365