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Title:Uses of social theory in comparative religious studies: assessing Chidester's sociological analysis of 'wild religion' in post-apartheid South Africa
Author:Strijdom, Johan
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion (ISSN 1011-7601)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:religious studies
social sciences
About person:David Chidester (1952-)ISNI
Abstract:In analysing 'sociality' (the formation of inclusive or exclusionary collective identities), 'materiality' (the desire for material objects, sensory experiences and gendered bodily performances of rituals) and 'exchange' (communist or capitalist economic exchanges in rituals of gift-giving and expenditure) as three aspects of religion within local and global contexts, David Chidester has used the social theories of Durkheim, Bataille, WEB Du Bois, Weber, Marx-Adorno-Horkheimer, Benjamin and others. The purpose of this paper will be to assess what we have gained from Chidester's use of social categories such as 'sociality' and 'exchange' to analyse unconventional or 'wild' forms of religion in post-apartheid South Africa within a global context. On the basis of his sociological analysis of Freedom Park and the 2010 FIFA World Cup as forms of 'wild religion', the author argues for the legitimacy and relevance of using etic vis--vis emic categories to afford a critical understanding of African religious realities within a global context. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]