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Confessional Anthropology

Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic

Keywords: ANTHROPOLOGICAL ATHEISM; DISBELIEF; DISPOSITIONAL ATHEISM; MACEDONIA; METHODOLOGICAL ATHEISM; METHODOLOGICAL LUDISM

Abstract

Drawing on my experience of a Muslim version of exorcism in urban Macedonia, this article continues a methodological discussion of the implications of being an atheist anthropologist when researching religion, a situation known as 'methodological atheism'. Methodological atheism is often linked to the problem of suspending one's intellectual disregard of people's religions as delusions. This article will argue instead that there are barriers to participation in religious rituals that are not covered by questions of disbelief. The notion of 'dispositional atheism' is discussed against the backdrop of the anxieties, uncertainties, and inhibitions experienced by an atheist anthropologist caught up in a moment of religious intensity.

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