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Why Durkheim Was Right: On the Perils of Being a Young, Cute Shoplifter

* This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. by Leslie Dorrough Smith In yet another entry from the annals of my parenting adventures, a particularly memorable event has always served me well as a reminder of … Continue reading

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Interested Descriptions

by Russell McCutcheon * This post originally appeared on the Culture on the Edge blog. Editor’s note: This past Monday’s piece, entitled “Definitions are Never Innocent” by Kate Daley-Bailey, was a response to this post by Russell McCutcheon, which we … Continue reading

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Political Bodies and a Touch of Pain: An Interview with Darlene Juschka, Part 1

Darlene Juschka is a cross-appointed Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan Canada. Juschka is well-published in both fields; her works include Feminism in the Study of Religion: A Reader, (ed. … Continue reading

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Co-opting Categories: It’s the Cats’ Meow

By Deeksha Sivakumar Pulivesham (“Tiger Disguise”), a well-known dancing ritual in Southern India, resurfaced in the news forcing me to question what we name ‘religious ritual’ and what we tend to call ‘folk’ or ‘popular’ practices. What is even more … Continue reading

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What’s belief got to do with it?

By Kelly Baker “They don’t really believe that, do they?” is a refrain that I find familiar, expected and, frankly, tiring. As someone who researches white supremacists and doomsday prophets, I should be used to it. The query confronts me … Continue reading

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A Funeral for Canada, the Occupy Movement, and Social Formations

By Matt Sheedy On June 3, 2011, a young woman named Brigette De Pape walked onto the floor of the Senate in Ottawa, where she worked as a parliamentary page, and held up a handmade stop sign that read “Stop … Continue reading

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Scholarship From The Road: Belief, Practice and the Story of Andal

By Deeksha Sivakumar “The women of Ayodhya run eagerly to see the procession to Sita’s house… their hair fell loose, open on all sides, their waist girdles come undone, they do not even stop to cover their breasts… as they … Continue reading

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