Divine Signs: Connecting Spirit to Community / Edition 1

Divine Signs: Connecting Spirit to Community / Edition 1

by H. L. Goodall Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809320258

ISBN-13: 9780809320257

Pub. Date: 06/01/1996

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Divine Signs is the concluding volume of the ethnographic trilogy about the communicative tensions in everyday American cultural life H. L. Goodall, Jr., began with Casing a Promised Land and continued with Living in the Rock n Roll Mystery. In this final work, the terms for understanding these tensions are found in a historical and mythological drama featuring Power …  See more details below

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Divine Signs is the concluding volume of the ethnographic trilogy about the communicative tensions in everyday American cultural life H. L. Goodall, Jr., began with Casing a Promised Land and continued with Living in the Rock n Roll Mystery. In this final work, the terms for understanding these tensions are found in a historical and mythological drama featuring Power (as the embodiment of the modern), Other (as the embodiment of the postmodern), and Spirit (as the unifying power capable of connecting disparate selves to dangerously fragmented communities). For this study, the localized site of interpretation is in and around Pickens and Oconee Counties, South Carolina, where everyday street signs, business advertisements on billboards, signs that announce church themes, Internet postings, and other forms of public communication that invite private meanings are read as rhetorical invitations to participate in these myths and mysteries. Using themes discoverable in such public forms of communication, Goodall deconstructs a variety of communal experiences - from annual community celebrations to weekly therapy sessions in local beauty salons to the fall audience rituals of Clemson University football games - to gain a deeper appreciation of the unifying symbolic orders that enrich the interpretive possibilities of our lives and that serve as signs of our deeply spiritual connections to each other and to the planet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809320257
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Context, Imagination, and Interpretation1
Pt. 1Reality Central
1Destination and Arrival27
2Boredom and Ecstasy47
3Difference and Possibility73
Pt. 2Performing Community
4Rapture and Ecstasy: Spirituality, Football, and the Accomplishment of Community105
5Immanence and Angels: Experiencing Parallel Worlds136
6Awareness and Imagination, or Altered States of Syntax as Communication Riddles157
Pt. 3Highways and Surrounds
7Vision and Reason, or The Strangeness of Instructions179
8Insight and Complexity: The Future of Unities208
Afterword: Problematizing Spirit229
Appendix 1: Power, Other, and Spirit245
Appendix 2: Modern, Postmodern, and Spiritual Communication248
Appendix 3: Connecting Spirit to Community through Imagination and Communication252
References279
Index285

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