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Consuming religion / Kathryn Lofton.

By: Lofton, Kathryn.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookCall no.: BL65.C8 L64 2017Series: Class 200: new studies in religion: Publication: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, c2017Description: xii, 361 p. : ill.ISBN: 9780226482095 (paperback); 022648209X paperback); 9780226481937 (hardcover); 022648193X (hardcover).Subject(s): Religion and culture -- United States | Popular culture -- United States | Popular culture -- Religious aspects | Consumption (Economics) -- United States | Consumption (Economics) -- Religious aspects
Contents:
Introduction -- Practicing Commodity : -- 1. Binge religion : social life in extremity -- 2. The spirit in the cubicle : a religious history of the American office -- Revising Ritual : -- 3. Ritualism revived : from "scientia ritus" to consumer rites -- 4. Purifying America : rites of salvation in the soap campaign -- Imagining Celebrity : -- 5. Sacrificing Britney : celebrity and religion in America -- 6. The celebrification of religion in the age of infotainment -- Valuing Family : -- 7. Religion and the authority in American parenting -- 8. Kardashian nation : work in America's klan -- Rethinking Corporate Freedom : -- 9. Corporation as sect -- 10. On the origins of corporate culture -- 11. Do not tamper with the clues : notes on Goldman Sachs -- Conclusion.
Summary: What are you drawn to like, to watch, or even to binge? What are you free to consume, and what do you become through consumption? These questions of desire and value, Kathryn Lofton argues, are questions for the study of religion. In eleven essays exploring soap and office cubicles, Britney Spears and the Kardashians, corporate culture and Goldman Sachs, Lofton shows the conceptual levers of religion in thinking about social modes of encounter, use, and longing. Wherever we see people articulate their dreams of and for the world, wherever we see those dreams organized into protocols, images, manuals, and contracts, we glimpse what the word “religion” allows us to describe and understand.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- Practicing Commodity : -- 1. Binge religion : social life in extremity -- 2. The spirit in the cubicle : a religious history of the American office -- Revising Ritual : -- 3. Ritualism revived : from "scientia ritus" to consumer rites -- 4. Purifying America : rites of salvation in the soap campaign -- Imagining Celebrity : -- 5. Sacrificing Britney : celebrity and religion in America -- 6. The celebrification of religion in the age of infotainment -- Valuing Family : -- 7. Religion and the authority in American parenting -- 8. Kardashian nation : work in America's klan -- Rethinking Corporate Freedom : -- 9. Corporation as sect -- 10. On the origins of corporate culture -- 11. Do not tamper with the clues : notes on Goldman Sachs -- Conclusion.

What are you drawn to like, to watch, or even to binge? What are you free to consume, and what do you become through consumption? These questions of desire and value, Kathryn Lofton argues, are questions for the study of religion. In eleven essays exploring soap and office cubicles, Britney Spears and the Kardashians, corporate culture and Goldman Sachs, Lofton shows the conceptual levers of religion in thinking about social modes of encounter, use, and longing. Wherever we see people articulate their dreams of and for the world, wherever we see those dreams organized into protocols, images, manuals, and contracts, we glimpse what the word “religion” allows us to describe and understand.

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