Cognitive perspectives on Israelite identity

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Nestor, Dermot. (2010). Cognitive perspectives on Israelite identity T&T Clark International.
AuthorsNestor, Dermot
Abstract

Cognitive Perspectives on Israelite Identity breaks new ground in the study of ethnic identity in the ancient world through the articulation of an explicitly cognitive perspective. In presenting a view of ethnicity as an epistemological rather than an ontological entity, this work seeks to correct the pronounced tendency towards 'analytical groupism' in the academic literature. Challenging what Pierre Bourdieu has called 'our primary inclination to think the world in a substantialist manner,' this study seeks to break with the vernacular categories and 'commonsense primordialisms' encoded within the Biblical texts, whilst at the same time accounting for their tenacious hold on our social and political imagination. It is the recognition of the performative and reifying potential of these categories of ethno-political practice that disqualifies their appropriation as categories of social analysis.

ISBN9780567012975
Web address (URL)https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/acu/detail.action?docID=634568
Research GroupSchool of Theology
Year2010
PublisherT&T Clark International
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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