An ecology of religiosity: re-emphasizing relationships between humans and nonhumans

Tan, GG 2014, An ecology of religiosity: re-emphasizing relationships between humans and nonhumans, Journal for the study of religion, nature and culture, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 307-328, doi: 10.1558/jsrnc.v8i3.307.

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Title An ecology of religiosity: re-emphasizing relationships between humans and nonhumans
Author(s) Tan, GGORCID iD for Tan, GG
Journal name Journal for the study of religion, nature and culture
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 307
End page 328
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Place of publication Sheffield, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1749-4907
Keyword(s) Bateson
Human - Nonhuman relationships
Nature/culture binary
Relational ontologies
Summary A growing anthropological literature on how various groups of people relate with nonhuman Others has questioned the universality of the conceptual binary between Nature and Culture and, particularly, the usefulness of the concept of 'Nature' to an understanding of human - nonhuman relationships. In light of this, what then becomes of ecology? In particular, can we retain the crucial ecological notions of system and form while bypassing 'Nature'? Drawing on Gregory Bateson's ecology of mind, I suggest that this is possible as long as we focus on processes and relationships. Moreover, the kinds of processes and relationships that more clearly highlight this endeavor are those that are informed by religious thoughts and actions. I offer the term 'an ecology of religiosity' to outline how an overall focus on relationships may dissolve a priori distinctions between Nature and Culture while foregrounding the context in which relationships reshape themselves through religious forms.
Language eng
DOI 10.1558/jsrnc.v8i3.307
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Socio Economic Objective 950403 Environmental Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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