‘Body pedagogics and the religious habitus: A new direction for the sociological study of religion’,

Shilling, Chris and Mellor, Philip A. (2010) ‘Body pedagogics and the religious habitus: A new direction for the sociological study of religion’,. Religion, 40 (1). pp. 27-38. ISSN 0048-721X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.religion.2009.07.001

Abstract

Sociological theory has been central to the modern study of religion. In the face of the global resurgence of religious phenomena, however, and the challenge this has presented for the assumptions that characterised much twentieth century sociology, there is a need for new theoretical models to make sense of religion today. This paper contributes to this task by building upon Durkheim's suggestion that religious social facts become fully efficacious only when internalised, and Luhmann's interest in sociological manifestations of 'transcendence' and 'immanence', in order to analyse religion as a thoroughly embodied phenomenon that can be understood through the study of religious body pedagogics. Having outlined the key steps involved in the analysis of body pedagogics, we illustrate the utility of this realist framework through an ideal-typical representation of Christianity and Islam and reflect, via a consideration of several objections that could be directed towards it, upon how this approach can deal with the complexities and contingencies of contemporary religion. In conclusion, it is suggested that this systematic body pedagogic focus on embodied commonalities and differences across diverse religious contexts offers a valuable basis upon which to engage critically with religion today.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Chris Shilling
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2010 07:58
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 08:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25459 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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