Week 2 Notes REL 3145
Week 2 Notes REL 3145 REL 3145
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Date Created: 09/07/15
Week 2 Notes REL 3145 9715 906 PM Went over last week s incass quiz on readings TQuiz 1 The Study of Religion and Smith Religion Religions Religious Recap amp continuing on last week s lecture Jonathan 2 Smith Recap Religion is created by the scholar as are all categories like social political literature etc o In 15005 and 16005 religion closely related to Catholic concepts of ritual esp monastic order the mass etc Discovery of the New World leads to a problem How to make sense of practices and belief that look like Christianity but are significantly from it Religion singular noun Protestants after 1517 associate Religion with belief and piety instead of ritual action 271 Focus on classifying what other Christians believe about Jesus 0 Religion as a category of classification 0 Supernatural or divine things theological HereticPaganHeathenPapist or other pejorative terms to identify theological others Did Quiz 2 Butler in Performative Acts and Gender Constitutions D Culture Sex Biological GenderSex 9715 906 PM 0 Third both terms are powerful o The ability to classify a set of practices as a religion or a body as male or female has implications for how resources are allocated in the real world and how people behave in relationship to one another 0 Churches Defined 0 Male birth rates worldwide 0 There is no identity sexual gendered or otherwise apart from the cultural performance of specified and historical limited roles There is no sex apart from cultural performances of gender So What Happens if we combine Butler and Smith 0 Sex biological First if we accept Butler s argument how might it help us think about religion 0 Examples from everyday life 0 From specific religious traditions 0 Second both scholars argue that terms such as religion and gender always have a history Questions Performativity and Gender Judith Butler 0 Highly influential in the humanities for her theories on construction of gendersex Gendersex are mutually coconstitutive GenderSex 0 Gender is not being gender is doing 0 Gender can be troubled by performing contradictions and undermining binaries 0 First they both argue that we have to think carefully about the terms we use to organize our scholarship 0 gender does not have a fixed essence 0 gender has to be performed 0 think what does gender do for you why do men behave a certain way and women behave another First do you buy Butler s argument regarding the relationship between sexgenderperformance 0 Men and women are expected to abide by assigned gender roles like men being manly amp women being the keepers of the house Challenged the longstanding notion that gender is a cultural construction while sex is a physiological fact American philosopher activist and social critic All gender performances take place within a given social and symbolic order Performative Acts and Gender Constitutionquot 1988
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