American Sacred Space

American Sacred Space

Paperback Religion in North America

Edited by David Chidester, Edited by Edward Tabor Linenthal

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 372 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 26mm | 652g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253210062
  • ISBN 13: 9780253210067
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,337,924

Product description

This book engages American sacred space. It uncovers and recovers the sacred character of American land and environments, mountains and monuments, homes and museums, and foreign and domestic perceptions of America through carefully detailed case studies.

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Author information

DAVID CHIDESTER is Professor of Comparative Religion and Director of the Institute for Comparative Religion in Southern Africa at the University of Cape Town. His recent books include Shots in the Streets: Violence and Religion in South Africa and Word and Light: Seeing, Hearing, and Religious Discourse. EDWARD T. LINENTHAL is Professor of Religion and American Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and author of Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields and Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum.

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"American Sacred Space makes a pivotal contribution to the theoretical dialogue surrounding issues of sacrality and space. It will be of immense value not only to scholars concerned with these issues, but also to teachers of American religions who seek to clarify for their students what terms are most useful in comprehending how Americans fashion and refashion sacred places." - Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion "It is a graceful and important work of cultural history, essential to the student of the consumer culture, nationalism and memory." - Journal of American History "One way to review a book is to use it ... My students found much to appreciate in this adventuresome volume ..." - Christian Century "This book is a welcome and interesting addition to the growing, and increasingly theoretically sophisticated, literature on sense of place." - Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review "... excellent essays . . " - Journal of Church and State

Table of contents

1. Introduction, by David Chidester and Edward T. Linenthal 2. Dirt in the Courtroom: Indian Land Claims and American OProperty Rights,O by Robert S. Michaelsen 3. Resacralizing Earth: Pagan Environmentalism and the Restoration of Turtle Island, by Bron Taylor 4. OAlexanders AllO: Symbols of Conquest and Resistance at Mount Rushmore, by Matthew Glass 5. Creating the Christian Home: Home schooling in Contemporary America, by Colleen McDannell 6. Locating Holocaust Memory: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, by Edward T. Linenthal 7. OA Big Wind Blew Up During the NightO: America as Sacred Space in South Africa, by David Chidester 8. American Sacred Space and the contest of History, by Rowland A. Sherrill