In this introduction, I argue that the postmodern challenge analyzed by Armin W. Geertz in his paper from 2000 still poses a fundamental challenge in the contemporary study of religion. My own field studies among the Chumash Indians of South-central California in 2010 illustrate how postmodernity affects both academic work and the lives of an indigenous people in a Western context. Geertz proposes a new methodological framework called ethnohermeneutics which introduces a heightened sensitivity to the social context of both scholar and religious consultant and thus solves some of the problems raised by the postmodern challenge.
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Twenty Five Years on, 2013, p. 269-273
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Supplements To Method and Theory in the Study of Religion