Gods of the City
Religion and the American Urban Landscape
Edited by Robert A. Orsi
Gods of the City by Robert A. Orsi
Book Description"Fascinating insights into modern urban religious practice make Orsi's collection a must-read." -Publishers Weekly "The essays provide insight into the cultural creativity, reinterpretation of worship and religious ingenuity of city people over the last 50 years." -Library Journal "At last, a major dissection of the great mystery in modern American life-how religion and spirituality prospered amidst industrialization, urbanization, and rampant technological change after 1880!" -Jon Butler, Yale University "Urban religion" strikes many as an oxymoron. How can religion thrive in the alienated, secular, fast-paced, and materialistic world of the modern, Western city? The authors in this collection believe that cities not only can provide the settings for religious expression, but also are material to the experiences which give rise to those religious expressions. In this book, they explore the distinctly urban forms of religious experience and practice that have developed in relation to the spaces, social conditions, and history of American cities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253212764
(233mm x 153mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert A. Orsi
History and Presence, Hardback (March 2016)
The unseeing of the gods was a requirement of Western modernity. Beginning with sixteenth-century debates over Christ's real presence in the host, Robert Orsi imagines an alternative. He urges us to withhold from absence the prestige modernity encourages and instead to approach contemporary religion and history with the gods fully present.
Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies, Paperback (December 2011)
Informative and provocative, this book introduces readers to debates in the contemporary study of religion and suggests future research possibilities.
Madonna of 115th Street, Paperback (July 2010)
A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the author's classic study of popular religion in Italian Harlem. In the preface, it discusses significant shifts in the field of religious history and calls for new ways of empirically studying divine presences in human life.
Between Heaven and Earth, Paperback (October 2006)» View all books by Robert A. Orsi
Explores the relationships men, women, and children have formed with the Virgin Mary and the saints in twentieth-century American Catholic history, and reflects on how people live in the company of sacred figures and how these relationships shape the ties between people on earth.
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Author Biography - Robert A. Orsi
Robert A. Orsi is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University and author of The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 and Thank You, St. Jude: Women's Devotions to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes. He has taught at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and at the Universita degli Studi di Roma and has held fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Orsi's books have been awarded the Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Prize of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (1985); the American Catholic Historical Association's John Gilmary Shea Prize (1986); and the Merle Curti Award in American Social History from the Organization of American Historians (1998). List of contributors: (CB will pass contributor info to Marketing as soon as it is complete) Wayne Ashley David H. Brown Karen McCarthy Brown Madeline Duntley Jack Kugelmass Joseph Sciorra Thomas A. Tweed Joanne Punzo Waghorne Diane Winston
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