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Religions 2018, 9(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9020039

Comparison as Conversation and Craft

Department of Religious Studies, Georgia State University, 25 Park Place, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30302-4089, USA
Received: 15 January 2018 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 26 January 2018 / Published: 30 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Methodical Aspects of Comparison)
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This essay argues that comparison as a method of study within religious studies is best thought of in two terms: conversation and craft. As a conversation, comparison has its own history, which has included several major shifts. At present, comparative work would benefit from addressing the fact that Euro-Americans dominate the comparative conversation. This dominance limits conversational data, topics, strategies, and participants. At risk is the relevance of comparative work within religious studies. As a craft, comparative work is creative and idiosyncratic, reflecting the apprenticeship lineage in which the comparative scholar has been trained as well as her individual personality. View Full-Text
Keywords: comparison; conversation; craft; method; Euro-American comparison; conversation; craft; method; Euro-American
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