Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life by Nancy Tatom Ammerman

Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life

byNancy Tatom Ammerman

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Nancy Tatom Ammerman examines the stories Americans tell of their everyday lives, from dinner table to office and shopping mall to doctor's office, about the things that matter most to them and the routines they take for granted, and the times and places where the everyday and ordinary meetthe spiritual. In addition to interviews and observation, Ammerman bases her findings on a photo elicitation exercise and oral diaries, offering a window into the presence and absence of religion and spirituality in ordinary lives and in ordinary physical and social spaces. The stories come from a diverse array ofninety-five Americans - both conservative and liberal Protestants, African American Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Mormons, Wiccans, and people who claim no religious or spiritual proclivities - across a range that stretches from committed religious believers to the spiritually neutral. Ammermansurveys how these people talk about what spirituality is, how they seek and find experiences they deem spiritual, and whether and how religious traditions and institutions are part of their spiritual lives.

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Nancy Tatom Ammerman is Professor of Sociology of Religion in the School of Theology and Department of Sociology at Boston University.

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Title:Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsList of TablesList of Illustrations and Captions1. In Search of Religion in Everyday Life2. "Spirituality" and "Religion": What Are We Talking About?3. Spiritual Practices in Everyday Life4. Religious Communities and Spiritual Conversations5. Everyday Life at Home6. Nine to Five: Spiritual Presence at Work7. Everyday Public Life: Circles of Spiritual Presence and Absence8. Bodies and Spirits: Health, Illness and Mortality9. Spiritual Tribes: Toward a Sociology of Religion in Everyday LifeAppendix 1. Participants and Their Religious CommunitiesAppendix 2. Coding and Analyzing StoriesAppendix 3. Research ProtocolsNotesReferencesIndex