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Contemporary American Religion: An Ethnographic Reader (Paperback)
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Contemporary American Religion: An Ethnographic Reader (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 11/11/1997
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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.

Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9780761991960
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 154 x 23 mm


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Contemporary American Religion is an ambitious anthology that, among its other aims, makes a compelling case for the importance of ethnographic research in the study of religious communities....This volume exhibits a keen sensitivity to religious transformation in America complemented by an awareness of changing scholarly conceptions of theory, ethnography, and cultural analysis. -- John P. Bartkowski, University of Texas at San Antonio * Review of Religious Research *
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 *
These essays...demonstrate the range of approaches-qualitative and quantitative, interview and archival-that characterize ethnographic research. The result is an anthology with all the descriptive richness and multiplicity of postmodern scholarship. But these essays successfully avoid the postmodern pitfall of neglecting theory building. With the help of the editors' useful introduction and Wuthnow's challenging conclusion, they work well together to question existing models of American religious life, suggest new ones and further the restructuring of the field. -- Bret E. Carroll, (California State University, Stanislaus) * Nova Religio: The Journal Of Alternative And Emergent Religions *

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