Divine hierarchies: class in American religion and religious studies

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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.
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table_of_contents Class matters : resurrecting and redescribing a neglected variable -- From inherent tendencies to social sources in religion scholarship -- The depraved, the unevolved, and the degenerate : explaining religious affiliations in the age of eugenics -- The peyote of the masses : cultural crises and acculturation between the world wars -- Visions of the disinherited : the origins of religion, deprivation, and the usual suspects after World War II -- Putting some class in American religion -- Some theologies of class in American religious history -- In the field : deprivation, class, and the usual suspects at two Holiness Pentecostal Assemblies.
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title Divine hierarchies class in American religion and religious studies
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title_short Divine hierarchies
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