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Author Jenkins, Timothy, 1952-

Title Religion in English everyday life : an ethnographic approach / by Timothy Jenkins
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 1999


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 W'PONDS  306.60942 Jen/Rie  AVAILABLE
Description xv, 256 pages ; 23 cm
Series Methodology and history in anthropology ; v. 5
Methodology and history in anthropology ; v. 5
Contents Foreword / David Parkin -- Introduction: Religious Elements in an Ethnography of Everyday Life -- I. Two Sociological Approaches to Religion in Modern Britain -- II. The Country Church - The Case of St. Mary's, Comberton -- III. The Kingswood Whit Walk. 1. Introductory. 2. The Whit Walk. 3. Family and Locality. 4. 'Fiends Transformed': A Discussion of Local History. 5. Respectability, Reputation and Restraint. 6. Anxiety, Conflict and Gossip. 7. In Conclusion -- IV. Secrets of the Spirit World
Summary "Starting from an ethnographic appraisal of the place of religious practices, this volume offers a detailed understanding of English everyday life through its examination of three contemporary case studies; the life of a country church, an annual procession by the churches in a Bristol suburb, and a range of linked 'spiritualist' beliefs. These disclose the complex patterns and compulsions of ordinary lives - in both moral and historical dimensions - as manifested in the distribution of reputation, in conflict, and in the continuities of place and identity. At the same time, this approach revises previous accounts of English social life by giving a nuanced description of the way local lives are constructed through interaction with a wider setting. It also demonstrates how local particularities are created under an outside gaze, showing how actors cope with the forces of 'modernity'."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-249) and index
Subject Religion and sociology -- England.
England -- Religious life and customs.
LC no. 99034660
ISBN 1571817263 alkaline paper
1571817697 alkaline paper