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"Sylvan's thesis furnishes far more of the same valued experiences than is usually realized: ritual activity, communal ceremony, a philosophy and worldview, a code for living one's life, a cultural identity, a social structure, a sense of belonging, and crucially, Sylvan argues encounters with the numinous."

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Most studies of the religious significance of popular music focus on music lyrics, offering little insight into the religious aspects of the music itself. Traces of the Spirit examines the religious dimensions of popular music subcultures, charting the influence and religious aspects of popular music in mainstream culture today and analyzing the religious significance of the audience's experiences, rituals, and worldviews. Sylvan contends that popular music subcultures serve the function of religious communities and represent a new and significant religious phenomenon.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork using interviews and participant observation, Sylvan examines such subcultures as the Deadheads, raves and their participants, metalheads, and Hip Hop culture. Based on these case studies, he offers a comprehensive theoretical framework in which to study music and popular culture. In addition, he traces the history of West African possession religion from Africa to the diaspora to its integration into American popular music in such genres as the blues, rock and roll, and contemporary musical youth subcultures.

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Sylvan examines the religious dimensions of popular music subcultures, charting the influence and religious aspects of popular music in mainstream culture today.

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This lively anthology brings together many of the best theoretical essays on crime causation published in the American Society of Criminology's journal Criminology. In The Criminology Theory Reader, Stuart Henry and Werner Einstadter have edited key articles into concise, student-friendly readings without compromising the essays' original integrity. The book captures the essence and diversity of thinking about crime by including representative articles from the major theoretical perspectives: classical and rational choice, biological and psychological, ecology, strain and subcultural, social learning and differential association, neutralization and social control, labeling and social constructionist, and Marxist and critical theory.

The Criminology Theory Reader also contains cutting-edge thinking on feminist theory, postmodernist, constitutive, and integrated approaches. The overview essay and helpful section introductions guide students through the core debates. The following respected theorists are among the contributing authors: Beirne, Clarke, Stark, Bursik, Felson, Akers, Laub, Agnew, Simpson, Chambliss, Melossi, Feeley, Friedrichs, Thornberry, Hirschi, Yeager, Bernard, and Rafter.

The Criminology Theory Reader is the perfect reference for those interested in the explanations of crime and criminality.

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This text examines the religious dimensions of popular music subcultures, charting the influence and religious aspects of popular music in contemporary mainstream culture and analysing the religious significance of the audience's experiences, rituals and worldviews. Sylvan contends that popular music subcultures serve the function of religious communities and represent a new and significant religious phenomenon. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork using interviews and participant observations, Sylvan examines such subcultures as the Deadheads, raves and their participants, metalheads and hip hop culture. Based on these case studies, he offers a theoretical framework in which to study music and popular culture. In addition, he traces the history of West African possession religion from Africa to the diaspora to it integration into American popular music in such genres as the blues, rock and roll and contemporary musical youth subcultures.

About the Author

Robin Sylvan is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Arts at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814798096
Author:
Sylvan, Robin
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Henry, Stuart
Author:
Einstadter, Werner
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Christian Life - Pop Culture Issues
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - Pop Culture Issues
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
MUSIC_RELIGIOUS ASPECTS
Subject:
RELIGION: GENERAL_USA
Subject:
MUSIC_USA
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Criminology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
291
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Sylvan examines the religious dimensions of popular music subcultures, charting the influence and religious aspects of popular music in mainstream culture today.
"Synopsis" by , This lively anthology brings together many of the best theoretical essays on crime causation published in the American Society of Criminology's journal Criminology. In The Criminology Theory Reader, Stuart Henry and Werner Einstadter have edited key articles into concise, student-friendly readings without compromising the essays' original integrity. The book captures the essence and diversity of thinking about crime by including representative articles from the major theoretical perspectives: classical and rational choice, biological and psychological, ecology, strain and subcultural, social learning and differential association, neutralization and social control, labeling and social constructionist, and Marxist and critical theory.

The Criminology Theory Reader also contains cutting-edge thinking on feminist theory, postmodernist, constitutive, and integrated approaches. The overview essay and helpful section introductions guide students through the core debates. The following respected theorists are among the contributing authors: Beirne, Clarke, Stark, Bursik, Felson, Akers, Laub, Agnew, Simpson, Chambliss, Melossi, Feeley, Friedrichs, Thornberry, Hirschi, Yeager, Bernard, and Rafter.

The Criminology Theory Reader is the perfect reference for those interested in the explanations of crime and criminality.

"Synopsis" by , This text examines the religious dimensions of popular music subcultures, charting the influence and religious aspects of popular music in contemporary mainstream culture and analysing the religious significance of the audience's experiences, rituals and worldviews. Sylvan contends that popular music subcultures serve the function of religious communities and represent a new and significant religious phenomenon. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork using interviews and participant observations, Sylvan examines such subcultures as the Deadheads, raves and their participants, metalheads and hip hop culture. Based on these case studies, he offers a theoretical framework in which to study music and popular culture. In addition, he traces the history of West African possession religion from Africa to the diaspora to it integration into American popular music in such genres as the blues, rock and roll and contemporary musical youth subcultures.
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