Religion and American Culture: A Reader / Edition 2

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Today the study of American religion continues to move away from an older, European American, male, middle-class, northeastern, Protestant narrative concerned primarily with churches and theology and toward a multicultural tale of Native Americans, African Americans, Catholics, Jews and other groups. Many of these new studies cut across boundaries of gender, class, and region, and pay particular attention to popular religion. Most current textbooks remain wed to the older Protestant narrative. The purpose of this reader is to expose students to a broad overview of the work emerging from this rapidly changing field. This second edition includes ten new articles that have appeared since the publication of the first edition in 1995. Three are in the area of gender, two concern Native Americans, two consider new immigrants while others advance the study of African-Americans, popular culture, and the sociology of religion. The intention of all of the readings is neither to provide a new narrative nor simply assemble a random assortment of readings; rather, through a loose chronology, attention to recurrent themes, and brief introductions to each selection, this reader offers a selection of the new and diverse work being done in the field of American religious history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415942737
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/19/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 760,133
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David G. Hackett is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Florida and is the author of The Rude Hand of Innovation: Religion and Social Order in Albany, New York 1652-1836 (Oxford, 1991).
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Pt. 1 Early America 1500-1750
1 The Pueblo Indian World in the Sixteenth Century 3
2 A World of Wonders: The Mentality of the Supernatural in Seventeenth-Century New England 27
3 War and Culture: The Iroquois Experience 53
4 African Americans, Exodus, and the American Israel 73
5 Women and Christian Practice in a Mahican Village 89
Pt. 2 Revolution and Social Change 1750-1865
6 The Dialectic of Double-Consciousness in Black American Freedom Celebrations, 1808-1863 121
7 From "Middle Ground" to "Underground": Southeastern Indians and the Early Republic 139
8 Women's History is American Religious History 159
9 "Believer I Know": The Emergence of African American Christianity 179
Pt. 3 The Modern World 1865-1945
10 The Religion of the Lost Cause: Ritual and Organization of the Southern Civil Religion, 1865-1920 205
11 The Easter Parade: Piety, Fashion, and Display 223
12 The Debate over Mixed Seating in the American Synagogue 247
13 The Feminist Theology of the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1900 267
14 The Prince Hall Masons and the African American Church: The Labors of Grand Master and Bishop James Walker Hood, 1831-1918 289
15 The Lakota Ghost Dance: An Ethnohistorical Account 315
16 "He Keeps Me Going": Women's Devotions to Saint Jude Thaddeus and the Dialectics of Gender in American Catholicism, 1929-1965 331
Pt. 4 Contemporary Life 1945-Present
17 Old Fissures and New Fractures in American Religious Life 357
18 Seeking Jewish Spiritual Roots in Miami and Los Angeles 373
19 Martin and Malcolm: Integrationism and Nationalism in African American Religious History 397
20 Searching for Eden with a Satellite Dish: Primitivism, Pragmatism, and the Pentecostal Character 413
21 Submissive Wives, Wounded Daughters, and Female Soldiers: Prayer and Christian Womanhood in Women's Aglow Fellowship 435
22 The Church of Baseball, The Fetish of Coca-Cola, and the Potlatch of Rock 'N' Roll: Theoretical Models for the Study of Religion in American Popular Culture 465
23 Spirituality for Sale: Sacred Knowledge in the Consumer Age 481
24 Diasporic Nationalism and Urban Landscape: Cuban Immigrants at a Catholic Shrine in Miami 497
25 The Hindu Gods in a Split-Level World: The Sri Siva-Vishnu Temple in Suburban Washington, D.C. 515
26 Is There a Common American Culture? 535
Contributors 547
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