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dc.contributor.authorGarriott, William
dc.contributor.authorO’Neill, Kevin Lewis
dc.identifier.citationGarriott, W., & O’Neill, K. L. (2008). Who is a Christian?: Toward a dialogic approach in the anthropology of Christianity. Anthropological Theory, 8(4), 381–398.en_US
dc.description18 pagesen_US
dc.description.abstractThis article aims to contribute to the continued formation of an anthropology of Christianity. We argue that anthropologists should adopt a more dialogic approach to the anthropological study of Christianity, one that shifts the concern from the problems posed by Christianity to anthropology, to the problems posed by Christianity to Christians themselves. In particular, we argue that the problem of determining who and what counts as a Christian is not a strictly anthropological problem, but is a potent source of debate within Christian communities. Attending to such debate offers a window into what is at stake in the lives of Christians themselves, and thus has the capacity to provide a non-essentializing foundation for the anthropology of Christianity as a comparative project. We begin with a review of recent anthropological literature and conclude with a set of ethnographic illustrations that show the import of such a shift for future research.en_US
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.titleWho is a Christian? Toward a dialogic approach in the anthropology of Christianityen_US

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