Social construction and social critique: Haslanger, race, and the study of religion

Recent critiques of the category religion discuss the category as socially constructed, but the nature of this social construction remains underdeveloped. The work of Sally Haslanger can supplement existing discussions of "religion" while also offering a new perspective on the connection b...

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Published in:Critical research on religion
Main Author: Lynch, Thomas
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Sage [2017]
In:Critical research on religion
Year: 2017, Volume: 5, Issue: 3, Pages: 284-301
Further subjects:B philosophy of religion
B Social construction
B Muslim Identity
B critical religion
B Race
B Sally Haslanger
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Summary:Recent critiques of the category religion discuss the category as socially constructed, but the nature of this social construction remains underdeveloped. The work of Sally Haslanger can supplement existing discussions of "religion" while also offering a new perspective on the connection between social construction and social critique. Her analysis of race provides resources for developing a philosophical account of the social construction of religion and can help scholars of religion conceptualize racialized religious identities. I offer an example of this approach by using Haslanger's work on race to consider historical and contemporary intersections of race and Muslim identity. I conclude that the ongoing ideological work of "religion" means that the concept remains an analytically useful term, but that scholars should aim at the gradual abolition of "religion."
ISSN:2050-3040
Reference:Kritik in "Critical theory and the ontology of "religion" (2017)"
Contains:Enthalten in: Critical research on religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/2050303217732133