Review Essay: Towards Cultural Psychology of Religion by J. E. Belzen
- Michael P. Carroll
- … show all 1 hide
Purchase on Springer.com
$39.95 / €34.95 / £29.95*
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.
Jacob Belzen spends the first two-thirds of his 2010 book doing two things: (1) developing a cogent critique of the presuppositions that underlie mainstream psychology, especially as regards the study of religion, and (2) promoting greater use of what he calls a “cultural psychology.” The last third presents a number of religious case studies, all from the Netherlands, that demonstrate the value of cultural psychology. Although Belzen emphasizes “embodiment” in these studies, his results suggest that religion is often a “performance” for particular audiences. Finally, the applicability of Belzen’s approach to religions outside the Western tradition is discussed.
- Avishai, O. (2008). “Doing religion” in a secular world: Women in conservative religions and the question of agency. Gender and Society, 22, 409–433. CrossRef
- Belzen, J. A. (2010). Towards cultural psychology of religion: Principles, approaches, applications. New York: Springer. CrossRef
- Connell, C. (2010). Doing, undoing or redoing gender: Learning from the workplace experiences of transpeople. Gender and Society, 24, 31–55. CrossRef
- Denker, K. (2009). Doing gender in the academy: The challenges for women in the academic organization. Women and Language, 32, 103–112.
- Dubuisson, D. (2003). The Western construction of religion: Myths, knowledge, and ideology. Trans. W. Sayers. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Fenstermaker, S., & West, C. (2002a). Doing gender, doing difference: Inequality, power and institutional change. New York: Routledge.
- Fenstermaker, S., & West, C. (2002b). Introduction. In S. Fenstermaker & C. West (Eds.), Doing gender, doing difference (pp. xiii–xviii). New York: Routledge.
- Greeley, A. M. (1995). Religion as poetry. New Brunswick: Transaction.
- Johnson, J. (2009). The window of ritual: Seeing the intentions and emotions of ‘doing’ gender. Gender Issues, 26, 65–84. CrossRef
- Jurik, N. C., & Siemsen, C. (2009). “Doing gender” as canon or agenda. Gender and Society, 23, 72–75. CrossRef
- Kuhn, T. (1962). The structure of scientific revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Messerschmidt, J. W. (2009). “Doing gender”: The impact and future of a salient sociological concept. Gender and Society, 23, 85–88. CrossRef
- Thorne, B. (1999). Gender play: Girls and boys in school. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
- West, C., & Zimmerman, D. (1987). “Doing gender.” Gender and Society, 1, 125–151.
- Review Essay: Towards Cultural Psychology of Religion by J. E. Belzen
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Springer US
- Additional Links
- Cultural psychology
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5