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⁧The term “deviance” refers to characteristics, qualities, or behaviors of an individual or group that are considered to be different from the “normal.” The term can also be applied to beliefs, practices, and traditions of any socio-cultural practice that is perceived by the dominant culture or orthodoxy to be different from the accepted consensus or mainstream behavior. It signals a difference that cannot be entirely accommodated within the dominant culture; and, as such, deviance is not only a non-acceptable difference, but also a difference that inherently carries socially negative connotations. Deviant social action, practices, or positions, can be strategically embraced in order to demonstrate dissatisfaction with the status quo or dominant hegemony. ⸙

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This entry examines the use of the terms “body” and “embodiment” in religious studies. It surveys the influence on the field of developments in cultural studies, philosophy, and anthropology. ⸙