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California Studies in Food and Culture #12: Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity

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Publisher Comments:

"Fat People Don't Go to Heaven!" screamed a headline in the tabloid Globe in November 2000. The story recounted the success of the Weigh Down Workshop, the nation's largest Christian diet corporation and the subject of extensive press coverage from Larry King Live to the New Yorker. In the United States today, hundreds of thousands of people are making diet a religious duty by enrolling in Christian diet programs and reading Christian diet literature like What Would Jesus Eat? and Fit for God. Written with style and wit, far ranging in its implications, and rich with the stories of real people, Born Again Bodies launches a provocative yet sensitive investigation into Christian fitness and diet culture. Looking closely at both the religious roots of this movement and its present-day incarnations, R. Marie Griffith vividly analyzes Christianity's intricate role in America's obsession with the body, diet, and fitness.

As she traces the underpinning of modern-day beauty and slimness ideals—as well as the bigotry against people who are overweight—Griffith links seemingly disparate groups in American history including seventeenth-century New England Puritans, Progressive Era New Thought adherents, and late-twentieth-century evangelical diet preachers.

Synopsis:

"This is a wonderful book, well-conceptualized, written with style and wit, and impressive for its ambition, reach and achievement. R. Marie Griffith brings to the scene learning, theoretical subtlety, critical acumen, historical skill, and humane sensibility. She has emerged as one of the most sophisticated and insightful scholars of the Christian body in any period of Christian history."—Robert Orsi, Harvard University

"Born Again Bodies is extraordinary. It uncovers an arena of knowledge never before looked at with this level of critical attention when examining American religious culture; Griffith's strength is that she looks across the 'evangelical' denominations. Her work is elegant and truly original."—Sander L. Gilman, author of Difference and Pathology and Jewish Frontiers

About the Author

R. Marie Griffith is Associate Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of God's Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission (California, 1997).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Perilous Body Gospels

A Note on Reading the Images

1. Gluttons for Regimen: Anglo-Protestant Culture and the Reorientation of Appetite

The Diet of Angels: Fasting in Early Modern Anglo-American Protestantism

Gospels of Physick: Medicine, Methodism, and Mortification

Rarefied Flesh: Sexual Regulation, Bodily Pleasure, and Perfection

Phrenology and Somatic Authenticity

2. Sculptors of Our Own Exterior: New Thought Physiques

“Nothing but a Dense Shadow”: The Body as Delusion?

Corresponding Bodies

Female Sexual Pleasure and Mystical Communion:

Reproducing a Civilized Race

Regimens Shaping Bodies to Come

3. Minding the Body: Divergent Paths of New Thought Perfectionism

Living on Air: Gospels of Fasting, Conquest, and Purgation

William Sheldons Metaphysical Somatotypes

God in a Body: Gastronomy and Black Power

4. Pray the Weight Away: Shaping Devotional Fitness Culture

Shedd-ing Pounds: Scripture and Devotional Practice in Service to Weight Loss

The Burgeoning Christian Diet Culture

From Empathy to Authority: Shifting Models of Expertise

Religious Devotion to Thinness Outside Mainstream Protestantism

5. “Dont Eat That”: Denial, Indulgence, and Exclusion in Christian Diet Culture

Poisoned Bodies, Blemished Souls: Food as Taint and Transgression

Loved on a Smaller Scale: Women,Weight, and the Divine

Lover Above

The Power of Perfection: Purified Bodies and Racialized Worlds

Epilogue: Bodies in Crisis?

Notes

Primary Source Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520242401
Author:
Griffith, R Marie
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Griffith, R. Marie
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Protestantism
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Christian Life - Physical Health
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - Physical Health
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Anthropology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
United States Religious life and customs.
Subject:
Protestantism - United States - History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
California studies in food and culture ;
Series Volume:
04-312
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w photographs
Pages:
337
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 18 oz

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"This is a wonderful book, well-conceptualized, written with style and wit, and impressive for its ambition, reach and achievement. R. Marie Griffith brings to the scene learning, theoretical subtlety, critical acumen, historical skill, and humane sensibility. She has emerged as one of the most sophisticated and insightful scholars of the Christian body in any period of Christian history."—Robert Orsi, Harvard University

"Born Again Bodies is extraordinary. It uncovers an arena of knowledge never before looked at with this level of critical attention when examining American religious culture; Griffith's strength is that she looks across the 'evangelical' denominations. Her work is elegant and truly original."—Sander L. Gilman, author of Difference and Pathology and Jewish Frontiers

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