Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred

Timothy Hutchings, Joanne McKenzie

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Material culture has emerged in recent decades as a significant theoretical concern for the study of religion. This book contributes to and evaluates this material turn, presenting thirteen chapters of new empirical research and theoretical reflection from some of the leading international scholars of material religion. Following a model for material analysis proposed in the first chapter by David Morgan, the contributors trace the life cycle of religious materiality through three phases: the production of religious objects, their classification as religious (or non-religious), and their circulation and use in material culture.

The chapters in this volume consider how objects become and cease to be sacred, how materiality can be used to contest access to public space and resources, and how religion is embodied and performed by individuals in their everyday lives. Contributors discuss the significance of the materiality of religion across different religious traditions and diverse geographical regions, paying close attention to gender, age, ethnicity, memory and politics. The volume closes with an afterword by Manuel Vásquez.

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Timothy Hutchings

Tim Hutchings is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Existential Terrains program, studying death, memory and ideas of the afterlife in digital cultures. He also teaches on the Masters program in JMK. Läs vidare


Hutchings, T. and McKenzie, J. (eds.). (2016). Materiality and the Study of Religion: The Stuff of the Sacred. London: Routledge.