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Turning Marx on his head

McBrien, Julie and Pelkmans, Mathijs ORCID: 0000-0001-5188-3470 (2008) Turning Marx on his head. Critique of Anthropology, 28 (1). pp. 87-103. ISSN 0308-275X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0308275X07086559


Christian and Muslim religious movements have made significant inroads into post-Soviet Kyrgyzstani society, and have been seen as a threat by the secular establishment. In this article we discuss the defence mechanisms that are locally employed to ward off the danger that these `new' religious movements represent. Our focus on secular responses not only fills a gap in the available research (which has focused on religious renewal but largely ignored the `secular' majority), but also provides new perspectives on how to view the postsocialist religious landscape. By scrutinizing secular responses we show that what is at stake is not so much atheist ideology but secular understandings of religion that were (inadvertently) promoted by Soviet rule. As such this article shows the curious effect of Soviet legacies on contemporary notions of religion and culture.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2008 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 12:39
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 18:39

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