Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes Finding Religion in Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0199917361
ISBN-13: 9780199917365
Edition: 2013
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Description: Nancy Tatom Ammerman examines the stories Americans tell of their everyday lives, from dinner table to office and shopping mall to doctor's office, about the things that matter most to them and the routines they take for granted, and the times and  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Nancy Tatom Ammerman examines the stories Americans tell of their everyday lives, from dinner table to office and shopping mall to doctor's office, about the things that matter most to them and the routines they take for granted, and the times and places where the everyday and ordinary meet the spiritual.In addition to interviews and observation, Ammerman bases her findings on a photo elicitation exercise and oral diaries, offering a window into the presence and absence of religion and spirituality in ordinary lives and in ordinary physical and social spaces. The stories come from a diverse array of ninety-five Americans -- both conservative and liberal Protestants, African American Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Wiccans, and people who claim no religious or spiritual proclivities -- across a range that stretches from committed religious believers to the spiritually neutral. Ammerman surveys how these people talk about what spirituality is, how they seek and find experiences they deem spiritual, and whether and how religious traditions and institutions are part of their spiritual lives.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
In Search of Religion in Everyday Life
"Spirituality" and "Religion": What Are We Talking About?
Spiritual Practices in Everyday Life
Religious Communities and Spiritual Conversations
Everyday Life at Home
Nine to Five: Spiritual Presence at Work
Everyday Public Life: Circles of Spiritual Presence and Absence
Bodies and Spirits: Health, Illness, and Mortality
Spiritual Tribes: Toward a Sociology of Religion in Everyday Life
Participants and Their Religious Communities
Coding and Analyzing Stories
Research Protocols
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Participants (By Pseudonym)
General Index

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