Rehabilitating materiality: bodies, gods, and religion
In More Than Belief, Manuel A. Vásquez offers a theory of religion that attends to its multiple materialities by locating what religion scholars study in networks of bodies engaging in practices in particular places. With Vásquez' approach as a jumping-off point, this essay draws upon actor-network theory, as developed by John Law and Bruno Latour and applied by Albert Piette and Matthew Day, not only to attend to the materiality of human bodies but also to construe non-human entities, such as the gods and the category of ‘religion' itself, as effective actors in the world.
bodies, materiality, actor-network theory, Bruno Latour
Finch, Martha L. "Rehabilitating materiality: bodies, gods, and religion." Religion 42, no. 4 (2012): 625-631.