Living Spirit, Living Practice: Poetics, Politics, Epistemology

Living Spirit, Living Practice: Poetics, Politics, Epistemology

by Ruth Frankenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822332957

ISBN-13: 9780822332954

Pub. Date: 03/15/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Living Spirit, Living Practice, the well-known cultural studies scholar Ruth Frankenberg turns her attention to the remarkably diverse nature of religious practice within the United States today. Frankenberg provides a nuanced consideration of the making and living of religious lives as well as the mystery and poetry of spiritual practice. She undertakes

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In Living Spirit, Living Practice, the well-known cultural studies scholar Ruth Frankenberg turns her attention to the remarkably diverse nature of religious practice within the United States today. Frankenberg provides a nuanced consideration of the making and living of religious lives as well as the mystery and poetry of spiritual practice. She undertakes a subtle sociocultural analysis of compelling in-depth interviews with fifty women and men, diverse in race, ethnicity, national origin, class, age, and sexuality. Tracing the complex interweaving of sacred and secular languages in the way interviewees make sense of the everyday and the extraordinary, Frankenberg explores modes of communication with the Divine, the role of the body, the importance of geography, work for progressive social change, and the relation of sex to spirituality.

Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and other practitioners come together here, speaking in terms both familiar and surprising. Whether discussing an Episcopalian deacon, a former Zen Buddhist who is now a rabbi, a Chicano monastic, an immigrant Muslim woman, a Japanese American Tibetan Buddhist, or a gay African American practicing in the Hindu tradition, Frankenberg illuminates the most intimate, local, and singular aspects of individual lives while situating them within the broad, dynamic canvas of the U.S. religious landscape.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822332954
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: On Rivers, Mountains, and Secrets1
1Talking to God - and God Talking Back33
2Mind Embodied: Spiritual Practice and Consciousness77
3Place and the Making of Religious Practice133
4The Spirit of the Work: Challenging Oppression, Nurturing Diversity174
5Conscious Sex, Sacred Celibacy: Sexuality and the Spiritual Path212
Epilogue265
App. 1Biographical Summaries271
App. 2Demographic Profile277
Notes281
Bibliography291
Index299

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