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Regulating Identities: The Silences of Critical Caretaking

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AbstractThis essay provides a critical response to Atalia Omer’s JAAR article in which she claims that Russell McCutcheon’s work stacks up a false dichotomy between critics and caretakers. Using a context of peace and conflict studies, Omer suggests that critical caretaking would give conversations in religious studies a “real world” relevance and would allow scholars to recuperate the voices of marginalized groups. In response to her call for recuperating silences, this essay looks at what silences are present within Omer’s essay itself and argues that notions like peace and conflict, as well as the margins themselves, are always identified and regulated, despite scholarly presentations of them as self-evident and naturally existing.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Religious Studies, University of Alabama212 Manly Hall, P.O. Box 870264, Tuscaloosa, AL


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