Lived Religion by Meredith B. McGuire
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Lived Religion
By Meredith B. McGuire

Lived Religion

Faith and Practice in Everyday Life

By (author) See other recent books by Meredith B. McGuire
Format: Hardback

Normal Price: $145.95
Your Price: $131.36 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $14.59! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $6.57 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply

Lived Religion by Meredith B. McGuire

Book Description

What are we to make of the Latina schoolteacher who considers herself a good Catholic, rarely attends Mass, but meditates daily at her home altar (where she mixes images of the Virgin of Guadalupe with those of Frida Kahlo, and traditional votive candles with healing crystals), yet feels particularly spiritual while preparing food for religious celebrations in her neighborhood? Diverse religious practices such as these have long baffled scholars of contemporary religion, whose research started with the assumption that Individuals commit, or refuse to commit, to an entire institutionally-defined package of beliefs and practices. Social surveys typically ask respondents to self-identify by denominational or other broad religious categories. Sociologists attempt to measure religiosity according to how well individuals conform to the official religious standards, such as frequency of church attendance, scripture-reading, or prayer. In this book Meredith McGuire points the way forward toward a new way of understanding and studying religious behavior. Rather than try to fit people into prearranged packages, she argues, scholars must begin to study religion as it is actually lived and experienced in peoples' everyday lives. Drawing on her own extensive fieldwork, as well as recent work by other scholars, McGuire explores the many ways that people express themselves spiritually and shows that they rarely fit neatly into the categories we've developed. Challenging those who see declining church attendance as the death of religion in the Western world, McGuire demonstrates that religion is as widespread, potent, and vital as ever, if you know where to look.

Buy Lived Religion book by Meredith B. McGuire from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780195172621
ISBN-10: 0195172620
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 162mm x 24mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...

Books By Author Meredith B. McGuire

Personal Knowledge and beyond by Meredith B. McGuire Personal Knowledge and beyond, Paperback (February 2002)

"Personal Knowledge and Beyond" seeks to foster a cross-disciplinary rethinking of ethnography's possibilities and limits for the study of religions. It provides an overview of recent debates while also pushing them in new directions.

» View all books by Meredith B. McGuire


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Lived Religion book by Meredith B. McGuire and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Meredith B. McGuire

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Trinity University

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Meredith B. McGuire close
Lived Religion by Meredith B. McGuire
Personal Knowledge and beyond by Meredith B. McGuire
» close