Indicating Commitment: The Notion of dépense in the Study of Ritual and Religion

Neubert, Frank (2008). Indicating Commitment: The Notion of dépense in the Study of Ritual and Religion. Journal of classical sociology, 8(2), pp. 309-320. SAGE 10.1177/1468795X08088876

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By analysing two cases from the recent history of Vaishnavism (a temple festival in Vrindavan; the development of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON), this paper shows that the notion of dépenseas developed by Marcel Mauss, Robert Hertz and Georges Bataille can be applied as an analytical tool in the study of rituals and religion as an indicator of religious commitment. At the same time it is possible to show that, by constructing a kind of macro-economic theory that includes religious behaviour, recent theories of religious economics are part of, and reproduce, a modern discourse of rationality that rules out, rather than understands, forms of irrationality such as unproductive expenditure (dépense).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion

UniBE Contributor:

Neubert, Frank

Subjects:

200 Religion
200 Religion > 210 Philosophy & theory of religion
200 Religion > 290 Other religions

ISSN:

1468-795X

Publisher:

SAGE

Language:

English

Submitter:

Frank Neubert

Date Deposited:

10 Nov 2014 12:17

Last Modified:

03 Feb 2015 21:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1468795X08088876

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Bataille, dépense, Hertz, ISKCON, Mauss, rational choice theory, ritual

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59616

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59616

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