A Matter of Perspective? Disentangling the Emic−Etic Debate in the Scientific Study of Religion\s

Mostowlansky, Till; Rota, Andrea (2016). A Matter of Perspective? Disentangling the Emic−Etic Debate in the Scientific Study of Religion\s. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 28(4-5), pp. 317-336. Brill 10.1163/15700682-12341367

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This article introduces the emic–etic debate in the scientific study of religion\s and provides a frame for the special issue’s six articles on the topic. Departing from the broader debate’s early history in the 1960s, this article contextualizes the emic–etic debate and locates its point of entry into the scientific study of religion\s in the 1980s. This article argues that in the course of the debate the insider–outsider and emic–etic complexes have become entangled. In order to facilitate an understanding of the debate, this article maintains that the emic–etic debate in the scientific study of religion\s touches upon three central dimensions (existential–political, methodologi- cal, and epistemological). In order to move toward a clearer methodological and epis- temological framework, this article furthermore proposes an iterative model that locates insider–outsider at the level of observers and emic–etic at the level of categories.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for the Science of Religion
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for Global Studies (CGS)

UniBE Contributor:

Mostowlansky, Till and Rota, Andrea

Subjects:

200 Religion
200 Religion > 210 Philosophy & theory of religion

ISSN:

0943-3058

Publisher:

Brill

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Rota

Date Deposited:

07 Dec 2015 09:03

Last Modified:

25 Jul 2018 13:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1163/15700682-12341367

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.73457

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73457

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