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Contemporary American Religion : An Ethnographic Reader :  An Ethnographic Reader - Penny Edgell

Contemporary American Religion : An Ethnographic Reader

An Ethnographic Reader

By: Penny Edgell (Editor), Nancy L. Eiesland (Editor)

Paperback Published: November 1997
ISBN: 9780761991960
Number Of Pages: 272

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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.

Although many readers may finish this collection by agreeing with R. Wuthnow that 'ethnography is itself a highly diverse set of techniques and practices, ' all will have been treated to an interesting, indeed fascinating 'read.' This is a book that could well be used as a discussion resource in college-level classes on American religion.--John T. Ford, (Catholic University of America) "Religious Studies Review "

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
About the Authorsp. 9
Introduction: Developing Interpretations: Ethnography and the Restructuring of Knowledge in a Changing Fieldp. 15
Managing Strain, Contradictions, and Fluidity: Messianic Judaism and the Negotiation of a Religio-Ethnic Identityp. 25
Struggles for Mutual Reverence: Social Strategies and Religious Storiesp. 51
The Gospel Hour: Liminality, Identity, and Religion in a Gay Barp. 79
To Stay or to Leave? Organizational Legitimacy in the Struggle for Change among Evangelical Feministsp. 99
What is Right? What is Caring? Moral Logics in Local Religious Lifep. 121
Splitting Interests or Common Causes: Styles of Moral Reasoning in Opposing Abortionp. 147
The Church and the Street: Race, Class, and Congregationp. 169
Contending with a Giant: The Impact of a Megachurch on Exurban Religious Institutionsp. 191
The Religious Construction of a Global Identity: An Ethnographic Look at the Atlanta Baha'i Communityp. 221
Conclusion: The Cultural Turn: Stories, Logics, and the Quest for Identity in American Religionp. 245
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780761991960
ISBN-10: 0761991964
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: November 1997
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.4