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dc.contributor.author Brown, Candy Gunther
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-21T15:41:00Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-21T15:41:00Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Brown, C. G. (2009). Touch and American Religions. Religion Compass, 3/4, 770-783. en
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8171.2009.00154.x en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/8944
dc.description.abstract The sense of touch plays an important role in many American religious practices. Yet dismissals of touch as an inferior mode of perception and reliance on textual sources that ignore touch have shaped research agendas. This essay identifies theories articulated by philosophical phenomenologists, students of ritual and performance studies, historians and anthropologists of art and architecture, neuroscientists, and feminist scholars that envision touch as a unique mode of gaining knowledge about the world and oneself and stimulating ethical behavior by working directly on the emotions to motivate empathetic, compassionate concern for others. The essay suggests how touch-oriented theories can aid the development of research areas in American religions where scholars have already begun fruitful explorations of tactility: studies of religious embodiment and ritual and of pain and its alleviation through divine healing or Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.relation.isversionof The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com. en
dc.title Touch and American Religions en
dc.type Article en


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