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Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life


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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 white 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.

About the Author

Nancy Tatom Ammerman is Professor of Sociology of Religion in the School of Theology and Department of Sociology at Boston University.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

List of Tables

List of Illustrations and Captions

Chapter 1. In Search of Religion in Everyday Life

Chapter 2. "Spirituality" and "Religion": What Are We Talking About?

Chapter 3. Spiritual Practices in Everyday Life

Chapter 4. Religious Communities and Spiritual Conversations

Chapter 5. Everyday Life at Home

Chapter 6. Nine to Five: Spiritual Presence at Work

Chapter 7. Everyday Public Life: Circles of Spiritual Presence and Absence

Chapter 8. Bodies and Spirits: Health, Illness and Mortality

Chapter 9. Spiritual Tribes: Toward a Sociology of Religion in Everyday Life

Appendix 1. Participants and Their Religious Communities

Appendix 2. Coding and Analyzing Stories

Appendix 3. Research Protocols




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Ammerman, Nancy Tatom
Oxford University Press, USA
Religion & Theology | Sociology of Religion
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
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33 illus.
6.1 x 9.1 x 1 in 1.05 lb

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