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God, Politics, Economy

Social Theory and the Paradoxes of Religion, 1st Edition

By Bulent Diken


150 pages

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The book intervenes into the contemporary debate on religion, politics, and economy, focusing on the field of formation which emerges as these seemingly autonomous spheres encounter one another.

Empirically, it concentrates on examples from literature, theatre, and cinema as well as a case study of the recent revolts in Turkey where a ‘moderate’ Islamic government is in power. Theoretically, its focus is on the contemporary ‘return’ of religion in the horizon of the critique of religion, seeking to articulate an affirmative politics that can re-evaluate the value of dominant values in religious governance and governance of religion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Profanation versus Sacralization Part 1: Religion as Superstition 1. Excursus I: Voltaire’s Mahomet as Despot Part 2: Love, Love of God, Intellectual Love of God 2. Excursus II: The Devils, Possession, and Truth-Telling Part 3: From Political Theology to Politics 3. Excursus III: The Emancipated City: Notes on Gezi Revolts Part 4: Capitalism as Religion, Religion as Capitalism 4. Excursus IV: The Map, the Territory, and the Impossibility of Painting a Priest 5. Instead of Conclusion: From Four Religions to Four Truth Procedures

About the Author

Bülent Diken teaches Social and Cultural Theory at Lancaster University, Department of Sociology.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General