The Resource Making magic : religion, magic, and science in the modern world, Randall Styers

Making magic : religion, magic, and science in the modern world, Randall Styers

Label
Making magic : religion, magic, and science in the modern world
Title
Making magic
Title remainder
religion, magic, and science in the modern world
Statement of responsibility
Randall Styers
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation Since the emergence of religious studies and the social sciences as academic disciplines, the concept of "magic" has played a major role in defining religion and in mediating the relation of religion to science. Across these disciplines, magic has regularly been configured as a definitively non-modern phenomenon, juxtaposed to distinctly modern models of religion and science. Yet this notion of magic has remained stubbornly amorphous. InMaking Magic, Randall Styers seeks to account for the extraordinary vitality of scholarly discourse purporting to define and explain magic despite its failure to do just that. He argues that this persistence can best be explained in light of the Western drive to establish and secure distinctive norms for modern identity, norms based on narrow forms of instrumental rationality, industrious labor, rigidly defined sexual roles, and the containment of wayward forms of desire. Magic has served to designate a form of alterity or deviance against which dominant Western notions of appropriate religious piety, legitimate scientific rationality, and orderly social relations are brought into relief. Scholars have found magic an invaluable tool in their efforts to define the appropriate boundaries of religion and science. On a broader level, says Styers, magical thinking has served as an important foil for modernity itself. Debates over the nature of magic have offered a particularly rich site at which scholars have worked to define and to contest the nature of modernity and norms for life in the modern world
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
133.4/3/0903
Index
index present
LC call number
BF1611
LC item number
.S855 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Reflection and theory in the study of religion
Label
Making magic : religion, magic, and science in the modern world, Randall Styers
Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-282) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The emergence of magic in the modern world -- Magic and the regulation of piety -- Magic and the regulation of reason -- Magic and the regulation of desire
Control code
ocm65192961
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 290 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781433700767
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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.b20963026
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)65192961
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