RELIGST 3AR3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Pragmatics

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Today: What do anthropologists actually look at? Or, how is the immaterial materialized?
- They participate and observe
- Understand the personal relationships
I. Mediation
- The use of social resources to structure our experiences, understandings, and communication
Mediation is characterized by:
1. Process = never a finished product; continuously creating and experiencing things
2. Social = shared and visible among people; contentious because there is no perfect harmony
3. Performance = the way of performing/demonstrating who we are, what we believe, to
others; demonstrates emotions about religious practices; assent or dissent
Examples of church and mediation:
1. It is a process; we go to church every week
2. Social because there are other people partaking
3. Perforace shoig people’s eotios, the Priest for exaple.
II. Bodies
- Learning/discipline
- Senses
- Ex., food, music, blood
Example: senses - religion can affect our senses
- Food can be used as a symbol or as a prohibition
- Music can be used to transcend people in religion
III. Words
- Pragmatics
- Verbal art, e.g., prayer
- Language ideologies
How does language affect pragmatism?
- Professor uses the idea of promise, like a marriage. Marriage is only a set of words. We can be
married without actually going through the process.
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