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    On learning from the margins: Jewish nonreligious grammars within a secular-Protestant landscape

    Sheldon, Ruth (2019) On learning from the margins: Jewish nonreligious grammars within a secular-Protestant landscape. Secularism and Nonreligion , ISSN 2053-6712.

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    Abstract

    This contribution to the special issue draws on ethnographic fieldwork exploring pluralities of Jewish life across adjacent urban neighbourhoods in London in order to engage with the conceptual questions and empirical omissions that are currently of concern to scholars of nonreligion. Learning from some illustrative moments in my fieldwork in which articulations of non-belief in God serendipitously arose, I first consider how marginal Jewish perspectives trouble the conceptual framing of ‘religion / nonreligion’ within (post)Protestant cultures. I then show how an ethnographic approach focused on the specific contexts in which piety or belief in God is othered can deepen understanding of the heterogeneous formations of ‘nonreligion’, even within relatively well-researched settings such as contemporary London.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Ruth Sheldon
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 14:39
    Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 06:05
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/28511

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