Category Archives: Religion and Popular Culture

The Harm of World Religions

* This post originally appear on the Culture on the Edge Blog. by Steven Ramey While discussions of “World Religions” often attempt to encourage appreciation of human diversity, these presentations have become the focus of scholarly critiques because of the … Continue reading

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Profile Me: The Confederate Flag, Shame, and White Male Terror

by Donovan Schaefer Editor’s note: This post initially came out in response to the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in 2012. We are reposting it in the light of recent discussions about white terrorism, racism, and the … Continue reading

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Trinkets from the Vatican Gift Shop

by Matt Sheedy On a recent trip to Florence and Rome (my first visit to both cities), I had the opportunity to take in some of the more popular sites, such as the Pitti Palace and the Roman Forum, along … Continue reading

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God©

By Deeksha Sivakumar Religion has always provided a reliable and recognizable brand name in the realm of the market where choices are too many. This is especially so in India, where Hindu gods have more celebrity appeal than any movie … Continue reading

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NAASR Notes: Robyn Walsh

Strange Pencils by Robyn Faith Walsh Of late I have been exploring networks of “elite cultural producers,” to borrow a phrase from Pierre Bourdieu—that is, persons responsible for the creative production of literature, art, and similar cultural artifacts. I am … Continue reading

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NAASR Notes: Ian Cuthbertson

by Ian Cuthbertson I suppose I had better just come out and say it: I’m interested in lucky charms. My research in Montréal, Québec involves an online survey and in-depth semi-structured interviews with individuals who possess and use lucky or … Continue reading

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Yoga Doxa: On the Illusion of Free Expression

by Matt Sheedy While sitting in the waiting area of local yoga studio the other day, I read through a book that the studio had recently published entitled, Moksha Yoga: Expressions of Accessibility, which contained a mission statement along with … Continue reading

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