Living Spirit, Living Practice: Poetics, Politics, Epistemology

Living Spirit, Living Practice: Poetics, Politics, Epistemology

By: Ruth Frankenberg (author)Paperback

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In Living Spirit, Living Practice, the well-known cultural studies scholar Ruth Frankenberg turns her attention to the remarkably diverse nature of religious practice within the United States today. Frankenberg provides a nuanced consideration of the making and living of religious lives as well as the mystery and poetry of spiritual practice. She undertakes a subtle sociocultural analysis of compelling in-depth interviews with fifty women and men, diverse in race, ethnicity, national origin, class, age, and sexuality. Tracing the complex interweaving of sacred and secular languages in the way interviewees make sense of the everyday and the extraordinary, Frankenberg explores modes of communication with the Divine, the role of the body, the importance of geography, work for progressive social change, and the relation of sex to spirituality.Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and other practitioners come together here, speaking in terms both familiar and surprising. Whether discussing an Episcopalian deacon, a former Zen Buddhist who is now a rabbi, a Chicano monastic, an immigrant Muslim woman, a Japanese American Tibetan Buddhist, or a gay African American practicing in the Hindu tradition, Frankenberg illuminates the most intimate, local, and singular aspects of individual lives while situating them within the broad, dynamic canvas of the U.S. religious landscape.

About Author

Ruth Frankenberg is Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness and editor of Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism, published by Duke University Press.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction: On Rivers, Mountains, and Secrets 1 1. Talking to God-and God Talking Back 33 2. Mind Embodied: Spiritual Practice and Consciousness 77 3. Place and the Making of Religious Practice 133 4. The Spirit of the Work: Challenging Oppression, Nurturing Diversity 174 5. Conscious Sex, Sacred Celibacy: Sexuality and the Spiritual Path 212 Epilogue 265 Appendix 1. Biographical Summaries 271 Appendix 2. Demographic Profile 277 Notes 281 Bibliography 291 Index 299

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  • ISBN13: 9780822332954
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780822332954
  • ISBN10: 0822332957

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