American Sacred Space

American Sacred Space


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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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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 157 x 235.7 x 25.9mm | 651.92g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, INUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253210062
  • 9780253210067
  • 1,358,118

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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

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