Special Issue "Ethnographies of Worldviews/Ways of Life"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2018)
Folklorists, anthropologists, and sociologists have devoted much attention to a range of groups with religion-like qualities that are often marginalized or ignored in the study of religion. To include a wider range of these seemingly religion-like groups, both spiritual (e.g., occult, metaphysical, paranormal, magical) and/or secular (e.g., environmental, humanistic, therapeutic, ideological), some scholars advocate a more expansive definition of religion. As an alternative, we suggest and would like to test the value of a broader rubric: worldviews and ways of life. We define a worldview as a complex set of representations related to “big questions”, such as (1) ontology (what exists? what is real?), (2) epistemology (how do we know what is true?), (3) axiology (what is the good that we should strive for?), (4) praxeology (what actions should we take? what path should we follow?), and (5) cosmology (where do we come from and where are we going?), that define and govern a way of life. To govern a way of life, a worldview does not necessarily have to be highly elaborated or rationalized or even explicitly articulated. It may be expressed in practice (enacted), represented (in objects), articulated (in speech), recounted (in story), and textualized (in writing). We invite submissions that tease out the worldviews and ways of life expressed in a group or groups, as well as in the interactions between groups, to test what advantages and disadvantages this broader rubric might have to offer.
Prof. Dr. Ann Taves
Dr. Michael Kinsella
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