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Divine Hierarchies: Class in American Religion and Religious Studies (Paperback)
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Divine Hierarchies: Class in American Religion and Religious Studies (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 30/10/2007
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Placing the neglected issue of class back into the study and understanding of religion, Sean McCloud reconsiders the meaning of class in today's world. More than a status grounded in material conditions, says McCloud, class is also an identity rhetorically and symbolically made and unmade through representations. It entails relationships, identifications, boundaries, meanings, power, and our most ingrained habits of mind and body. He demonstrates that employing class as an analytical tool that cuts across variables such as creed, race, ethnicity, and gender can illuminate American religious life in unprecedented ways. Through social theory, historical analysis, and ethnography, McCloud makes an interdisciplinary argument for reinserting class into the study of religion. First, he offers a new three-part conception of class for use in studying religion. He then presents a focused cultural history of religious studies by examining how social class surfaced in twentieth-century theories of religious affiliation. He concludes with historical and ethnographic case studies of religion and class. ""Divine Hierarchies"" makes a convincing case for the past and present importance of class in American religious thought, practice, and scholarship.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807858493
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 15 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Divine Hierarchies" is an engaging, provocative book.
-Leigh Eric Schmidt, Princeton University
This is a creative and wide-ranging approach to the now neglected topic of class in American religion.
-Kevin J. Christiano, University of Notre Dame
"Compelling. . . . Strongly recommend[ed] . . . for those seeking a better historical understanding of religion and class from both sociological and theological perspectives."--"Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion"

"Historians will benefit from McCloud's demolition of older lines of scholarship and from his carefully delimited and culturally perceptive theories of class analysis."--"Journal of American History"

"McCloud has taken the lead among scholars eager to reinsert class into studies of American religion. . . . McCloud provides us with a better tool for sifting through the symbiotic relationship of class and religion and how these together help us understand religious affiliation."--"Journal of Religion"

Offers an important contribution to the understanding of North American religion that draws our attention to the role of class for an explanation. . . . A novel approach for understanding class and religion without explaining away the religion or the participants' involvement. For these reasons, scholars of Penecostalism ought to read Divine Hierachies with openness to incorporating an element of class in their analysis.--Pneuma


McCloud has taken the lead among scholars eager to reinsert class into studies of American religion. . . . McCloud provides us with a better tool for sifting through the symbiotic relationship of class and religion and how these together help us understand religious affiliation.--Journal of Religion


Compelling. . . . Strongly recommend[ed] . . . for those seeking a better historical understanding of religion and class from both sociological and theological perspectives.--Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion


Historians will benefit from McCloud's demolition of older lines of scholarship and from his carefully delimited and culturally perceptive theories of class analysis.--Journal of American History

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