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Negotiating religion in everyday life: A critical exploration of the relationship between religion, choices and behaviour


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Devine, J. and Deneulin, S., 2011. Negotiating religion in everyday life: A critical exploration of the relationship between religion, choices and behaviour. Culture and Religion, 12 (1), pp. 59-76.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14755610.2011.557014

    Abstract

    One of the characteristics most often associated with religion is that it is a discrete source of value that shapes people's attitudes and behaviour. In some cases, these values may be negative such as submission or violence; in other cases, religion is seen to promote positive values such as charity and social justice. In recent years, the international development community has reawakened an interest in religion, and has directly embraced the assumption that religion is foundational of people's values, seeking how best to tap into the potential positive values while mitigating against the more negative values. This paper critically explores the assumptions behind this approach. It argues that there is no straightforward relationship between belonging to a religion and the values which inform one's actions and decisions. Drawing on fieldwork research from India, the paper shows that it is impossible to disentangle religion from its interaction with the social, economic and political contexts in which it is lived. The paper concludes by deriving some implications of this for the way the international development community engages with religion.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsDevine, J.and Deneulin, S.
    DOI10.1080/14755610.2011.557014
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresCentre for Development Studies
    Publisher StatementDev_Den_final.pdf: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in 'Culture & Religion', 2011 [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Culture & Religion is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713694811~db=all
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code21853

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