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Contemporary American Religion An Ethnographic Reader

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ISBN-10: 0761991964

ISBN-13: 9780761991960

Edition: 1997

Authors: Penny E. Becker, Nancy L. Eiesland, Penny Edgell

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Contemporary American Religion assembles qualitative field studies of local congregations by religious scholars, with the intention of making sense of complex religious communities.
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List price: $49.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 11/11/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Theologian and sociologist Nancy L. Eiesland was born with a congenital bone defect in her hips in Cando, North Dakota in 1964. She attended the University of North Dakota, but dropped out after her older sister was killed in a car accident. She and her family joined the Assemblies of God and she graduated from Central Bible College in 1986. She became an Assemblies of God minister, but gradually drifted away from the denomination. She earned a master's degree in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1995 from Emory University. Her master's thesis evolved into her book The Disabled God (1994). During her lifetime, she wrote four books and numerous articles about religion. She was an associate professor at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She died of lung cancer on March 10, 2009 at the age of 44.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction: Developing Interpretations: Ethnography and the Restructuring of Knowledge in a Changing Field
Managing Strain, Contradictions, and Fluidity: Messianic Judaism and the Negotiation of a Religio-Ethnic Identity
Struggles for Mutual Reverence: Social Strategies and Religious Stories
The Gospel Hour: Liminality, Identity, and Religion in a Gay Bar
To Stay or to Leave? Organizational Legitimacy in the Struggle for Change among Evangelical Feminists
What is Right? What is Caring? Moral Logics in Local Religious Life
Splitting Interests or Common Causes: Styles of Moral Reasoning in Opposing Abortion
The Church and the Street: Race, Class, and Congregation
Contending with a Giant: The Impact of a Megachurch on Exurban Religious Institutions
The Religious Construction of a Global Identity: An Ethnographic Look at the Atlanta Baha'i Community
Conclusion: The Cultural Turn: Stories, Logics, and the Quest for Identity in American Religion
Index