Date of Award

Summer 7-15-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religious Studies

First Advisor

Molly Bassett

Second Advisor

Vincent Lloyd

Third Advisor

Timothy Renick


This project exposes the problems with the dominant conception of agency in secular liberal discourse. The main critique is that the dominant conception of agency tends to attribute value to certain aspects of action that are not necessarily the most telling or valuable in terms of what constitutes agency. I use Saba Mahmood’s Politics of Piety to aid in this critique. Her project uses the Muslim rituals performed by women of the mosque movement in Egypt to demonstrate the need for a more nuanced conception of agency in academics. I use CLR James’ Beyond a Boundary to support the approach offered by Mahmood and demonstrate the applicability of such an approach outside of typical considerations of “ritual”. In this case, the approach is applied to cricket.

Included in

Religion Commons