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Who Owns Religion?: Scholars and Their Publics in the Late Twentieth Century

Laurie L. Patton


This book focuses on a period—the late 1980s through the 1990s—when scholars of religion were accused of scandalizing or denigrating the very communities they had imagined themselves honoring through their work. While controversies involving scholarly claims about religion are nothing new, this period saw an increase in vitriol that remains with us today. Authors of seemingly arcane studies on subjects like the origins of the idea of Mother Earth or the sexual dynamics of mysticism have been targets of hate mail and book-banning campaigns. As a result, scholars of religion have struggled to de ... More

Keywords: 1980s, 1990s, religious scholars, multicultural identity politics, Internet, secular rights, Western scholarship, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226649344
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226676036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie L. Patton, author
Middlebury College