Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures In Material Practice by Sally M. PromeySensational Religion: Sensory Cultures In Material Practice by Sally M. Promey

Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures In Material Practice

EditorSally M. Promey

Hardcover | June 24, 2014

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The result of a collaborative, multiyear project, this groundbreaking book investigates the dynamic constellation of religion, sensation, and materiality, exploring the interpretive worlds of sensory phenomena in material practices of religions.
Under the rubric of “making sense,” the studies assembled here consider how people have used and valued sensory data. How have they shaped their material and immaterial worlds to encourage or discourage certain kinds or patterns of sensory experience? How have they framed the sensual capacities of images and objects to license a range of behaviors, including iconoclasm, censorship, and accusations of blasphemy or sacrilege? Exposing the dematerialization of religion embedded in secularization theory, editor Sally Promey proposes a fundamental reorientation in understanding the personal, social, political, and cultural work accomplished in religion’s sensory and material practice. Sensational Religion refocuses scholarly attention on the robust material entanglements often discounted by modernity’s metaphysic and on their inextricable connections to human bodies, behaviors, affects, and beliefs.
Sally M. Promey is professor of American studies and professor of religious studies (Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Yale University); and professor of religion and visual culture (Yale Institute of Sacred Music). She is founding director of the Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (
Title:Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures In Material PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.38 inPublished:June 24, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300187351

ISBN - 13:9780300187359


Editorial Reviews

"At the busy crossroads of debates on secularism, post-structuralist work on embodiment and subjectivity, sensory cultural studies and the philosophical turn to the materiality and agency of things, we find this brilliant collection of 37 essays on Sensational Religion. Their empirical robustness and theoretical sophistication assures that the analysis of religion remains on the crucial, cutting edge for understanding social life."-Angela Zito, Center for Religion and Media