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Religion and the Marketplace in the United States

Religion and the Marketplace in the United States

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ISBN: 9780199361809    Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 320        Language: English
Alexis de Tocqueville once described the national character of Americans as one question insistently asked: "How much money will it bring in?" G.K. Chesterton, a century later, described America as a "nation...Read more
Alexis de Tocqueville once described the national character of Americans as one question insistently asked: "How much money will it bring in?" G.K. Chesterton, a century later, described America as a "nation with a soul of a church." At first glance, the two observations might appear to be diametrically opposed, but this volume shows the ways in which American religion and American business overlap and interact with one another, defining the US in terms of religion, and religion in terms of economics. Bringing together original contributions by leading experts and rising scholars from both America and Europe, the volume pushes this field of study forward by examining the ways religions and markets in relationship can provide powerful insights and open unseen aspects into both. In essays ranging from colonial American mercantilism to modern megachurches, from literary markets to popular festivals, the authors explore how religious behavior is shaped by commerce, and how commercial practices are informed by religion.
By focusing on what historians often use off-handedly as a metaphor or analogy, the volume offers new insights into three varieties of relationships: religion and the marketplace, religion in the marketplace, and religion as the marketplace. Using these categories, the contributors test the assumptions scholars have come to hold, and offer deeper insights into religion and the marketplace in America.
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About the author:
Detlef Junker is the Founding Director of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, a former Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington... Read more
Detlef Junker is the Founding Director of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, a former Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. (1991 - 1994) and a former Curt Engelhorn Chair in American History at Heidelberg University. He has published and edited books on American History, Transatlantic Relations, German History and on Theory of History in English and in German.
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Offers a number of thoughtful, nuanced expositions of the daily interactions between religious actors and the economy. Religion in American History Religion and the Marketplace in the United States...Read more
Offers a number of thoughtful, nuanced expositions of the daily interactions between religious actors and the economy. Religion in American History Religion and the Marketplace in the United States offers a sophisticated and timely overview of the historical alliances between religious ideas and practices, on the one hand, and the variety of economic activities animating American life, on the other. Never losing sight of the contemporary relevance of this subject, a star lineup of scholars weighs in on the complexities, nuances, and historical contingencies of buying, selling, praying, and preaching. This volume furthers a much-needed scholarly discussion at a critical moment. Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis this volume provides a timely overview of the connection between religion and the marketplace in modern America. M. S. Hill, CHOICE
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