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Religion, discourse and power: A contribution towards a critical sociology of religion

Hjelm, T; (2013) Religion, discourse and power: A contribution towards a critical sociology of religion. Critical Sociology , 40 (6) pp. 855-872. 10.1177/0896920513477664. Green open access

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Abstract

This article discusses critical discourse analysis CDA) as a framework for a critical agenda in the sociology of religion. CDA uniquely brings together discursive and critical (broadly Marxist) approaches to religion, both of which have been underrepresented in current mainstream scholarship. The article argues that a CDA perspective has a lot to offer to the sociology of religion both by sensitizing scholars to the significance of discourse in creating hegemonic understandings of religion and religions in everyday social interaction dominated by the media; and by offering a framework through which to analyse the discursive construction, reproduction and transformation of inequality in the field of religion. The article discusses the concept of discourse and its different meanings, examines what being ‘critical’ means in the context of discourse analysis and constructs a framework for doing practical CDA. Finally, CDA is discussed as a foundation for a critical sociology of religion.

Type: Article
Title: Religion, discourse and power: A contribution towards a critical sociology of religion
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0896920513477664
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0896920513477664
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2013. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1364190
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