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Hinglaj DeviIdentity, Change, and Solidification at a Hindu Temple in Pakistan$
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Jürgen Schaflechner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190850524

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190850524.001.0001

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The Struggle Over Truth

The Struggle Over Truth

(p.17) 1 The Struggle Over Truth
Hinglaj Devi

Jürgen Schaflechner

Oxford University Press

In the first chapter, the author evaluates the various possibilities to engage with the empirical material collected for this book. Due to the shrine’s new accessibility, paired with its recent institutionalization, many formerly disconnected practices and narratives started to meet on a regular basis. Doing fieldwork at the site, together with engaging with a variety of texts and other media, the author was confronted with the question of how to organize all of these voices that uniformly claimed to speak the truth about the shrine and its annexed practices. Chapter 1 elaborates on the theoretical foundations of this work through a concept the author calls “the solidification of tradition.” Utilizing newer anthropological theories of the ontological turn and supplementing them with the political philosophy of post-foundationalism helps the author to produce his own engagement with the various truth-claims encountered during his research.

Keywords:   post-foundationalism, ontological turn, truth-claim, ethnography, fieldwork, methodology, Ernesto Laclau, sedimentation, institutionalization, solidification of tradition

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