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What Happens When We Practice Religion?: Textures of Devotion in Everyday Life

Robert Wuthnow


Religion is commonly viewed as something that people practice, whether in the presence of others or alone. But what do we mean exactly by “practice”? What approaches help to answer this question? This book delves into the central concepts, arguments, and tools used to understand religion today. Throughout the past few decades, the study of religion has shifted away from essentialist arguments that grandly purport to explain what religion is and why it exists. Instead, using methods from anthropology, psychology, religious studies, and sociology, scholars now focus on what people do and say: th ... More

Keywords: religious practice, religion, inquiry, situations, intentions, feelings, bodies, religious experiences, sacred spaces, gendered social relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691198590
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691198590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Wuthnow, author
Princeton University

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