RELST 4485

RELST 4485

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There is a vexed relationship between secular governance and the lived struggles of religious minorities. While proponents claim that secular reason is a solution to religious strife, recent scholarship has shown how modern secular governance has actually exacerbated religious tensions and hardened boundaries in liberal democracies. To understand this problem space, this seminar will begin with overviews of the anthropology of secularism, followed by genealogies of the religious minority form as a category of governance, and then shift to reading  ethnographies that focus on religious minorities in contemporary liberal democracies cross-culturally. Concluding with an intensive focus on South Asia, we will analyze the possibilities and limits of state forms of recognition that enumerate religion, as it intersects with other axes of difference, in the context of majority-minority relations and people's everyday identifications.

When Offered Fall.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: at least one sociocultural anthropology course.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS, SSC-AS)

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  • 18324 RELST 4485   SEM 101

    • T McGraw Hall 365
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Raheja, N

  • Instruction Mode: In Person