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Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power Paperback – November 13, 2015

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Editorial Reviews


"Religious Affects represents a challenge to decenter our anthropocentric presuppositions more broadly, and, by appealing to human animality, provides a provocative angle for imagining affect over and above the all-toohuman parameters that usually characterize religious studies.... [M]any scholars will find Schaefer’s animal religion and his strategies for affective readings of religious phenomena both theoretically exciting and critically useful."
-- Abigail Kluchin ― Journal of the American Academy of Religion Published On: 2016-06-01

"Schaefer’s book is fascinating, mind-expanding, and entirely worth a read."
-- Barbara J. King ― Atlantic Published On: 2016-03-29

"Religious Affects is an original and challenging argument for the discipline, especially to social-constructionist approaches, as it aims to radically reconfigure how we think about religion as a phenomenon grounded in feelings and emotions (affects) that humans share with the animal world."
-- Matt Sheedy ― Religious Studies Review Published On: 2016-06-01

"For all its breadth in Religious Affects Schaefer develops a well-crafted argument and clarion call:the study of religion must include,at its very core, the study of affect.... Schaefer's project is timely in an urgent sense."
-- Jonathan Russell ― Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory Published On: 2016-06-03

"Religious Affects offers a new way to use affect theory to understand religion that better accounts for its connections with politics, globalization, and power."
-- Staci Poston Conner ― Affectsphere Published On: 2016-05-12

"Schaefer . . . is blazing a trail in religious studies."
-- Jonathan Benthall ― TLS Published On: 2016-06-17

"Religious Affects is an important book, rendering helpful therapy for some of the myopic methodological tendencies that can afflict the field of religious studies."
-- Jason N. Blum ― Syndicate Published On: 2017-10-30

"[Schaefer's] approach to reading affect theory through the lens of animality will enrich critical engagement with the concept of religion as a theoretical tool and as a word of power in the world."
-- Pamela Klassen ― Syndicate Published On: 2017-11-27

"Religious Affects comfortably belongs on the bookshelves of those who work with affect theory or in critical animal studies. For religious scholars, or anyone interested in affect theory or critical animal studies, it serves as a concise and valuable introduction to these theories, providing explanations, histories, applications, and paving ways for future scholarship."
-- Alexander Cox-Twardowski ― Journal of Religion and Popular Culture Published On: 2019-07-01


"Blending seamlessly the most fecund insights of affect theory, evolutionary biology, and critical animal studies, as well as feminist, queer, and postcolonial theories of materiality and embodiment, this bold and trenchant challenge to the ideology of human exceptionalism and its accompanying linguistic fallacy—the refusal to analyze religion and power outside of language and texts—offers a revolutionary and more capacious approach to religion that recovers its visceral intensity and animal generativity."
-- Manuel A. Vásquez, author of ― More Than Belief: A Materialist Theory of Religion

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  • ASIN : 0822359901
  • Publisher : Duke University Press Books (November 13, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780822359906
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0822359906
  • Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.63 x 9 inches
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