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Vernacular Religion in Everyday Life
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  • Publisher: Acumen Publishing
  • Online publication date: April 2014
  • Print publication year: 2012
  • Online ISBN: 9781844658770

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Vernacular religion is religion as people experience, understand, and practice it. It shapes everyday culture and disrupts the traditional boundaries between "official" and "folk" religion. The book analyses vernacular religion in a range of Christian denominations as well as in indigenous and New Age religion from the nineteenth century to today. How these differing expressions of belief are shaped by their individual, communal and national contexts is also explored. What is revealed is the consistency of genres, the persistence of certain key issues, and how globalization in all its cultural and technological forms is shaping contemporary faith practice. The book will be valuable to students of ethnology, folklore, religious studies, anthropology, and religious studies.

Reviews

"A stimulating read, establishing the possibilities of attention to the vernacular and everyday in religion and, by extension, to all of culture.'"

Source: Anthropology Review Database

"A richly detailed and thought-provoking book that will be of great value to belief and legend scholars, as well as to scholars in other fields'"

Source: Journal of Folklore Research

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