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Contemporary American Religion: An Ethnographic Reader
     

Contemporary American Religion: An Ethnographic Reader

by Penny Edgell
 

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No single narrative or theory can describe the varieties of religious experience in North America today. The tidy dichotomies of liberal/ conservative, public/private, local/global, and renewal/secularization make little sense once specific congregations are examined closely. To understand the shifting boundaries of contemporary religious expressions, new tools are

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No single narrative or theory can describe the varieties of religious experience in North America today. The tidy dichotomies of liberal/ conservative, public/private, local/global, and renewal/secularization make little sense once specific congregations are examined closely. To understand the shifting boundaries of contemporary religious expressions, new tools are needed. Contemporary American Religion collects qualitative, on-the-ground studies of local congregations by up-and-coming religious scholars. Ethnography combined with more traditional sociological methods, help make sense of complex religious communities—from Messianic Jews to evangelical feminists, from Gospel Hour at a gay bar to exurban megachurches. This collection covers a wide span of the religious landscape, always trying to uncover new theoretical insights. Essential reading for classes in sociology of religion, contemporary American religion, and anthropology of religion.

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Collects qualitative studies of local congregations in order to uncover new theoretical insights into the shifting boundaries of contemporary religious expression. Ten contributions combine cultural and institutional forms of analysis with more traditional sociological methods to help make sense of complex religious communities<-->from Messianic Jews to evangelical feminists, from Gospel Hour at a gay bar to exurban megachurches. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780585189871
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

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Penny Edgell: Cornell University Nancy L. Eiesland: Emory University

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