Producing the Sacred: An Essay on Public Religion

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What is Public religion? How does it manifest the sacred? These are the fundamental questions Robert Wuthnow addresses in Producing the Sacred.
Wuthnow uses as a guiding assumption the idea that cultural expressions, religious or otherwise, do not simply happen but are produced. He considers the major kinds of organizations that produce public religion--congregations, hierarchies, special interests, academies, and public rituals--showing how these organizational vehicles shape public religion's messages and how specific types of religious organization draw resources from their environments. He also reveals the implicit and unintended ways in which sacredness is expressed in modern society.

A volume in the series Public Expressions of Religion in America

 

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Prolific essayist and author Wuthnow (Rediscovering the Sacred, Eerdmans, 1992) is academically well suited to write this treatise. He seeks to gain insight into public religion by considering the ... Read full review

Contents

Cultural Production
21
The Production of Culture
24
Organizations Environments and Competition
29
Management Control Power
33
Organizational Culture and the Sacred
38
Congregations
40
The Perplexing Familiarity of Congregations
43
The Resources to Be Public
46
How the Sacred Is Produced
97
Challenges and Prospects
102
Academies
105
The Resources of Academies
106
Variations in Organizational Patterns
111
How the Sacred Is Produced
117
Challenges and Prospects
124
Public Ritual
127

Activities and Publics
53
How Congregations Manifest the Sacred
56
Challenges Facing Congregations
59
Prospects and Innovations
66
Hierarchies
68
The Resources for Religious Hierarchies
72
Activities and Audiences
76
Expressing Public Religion
78
Organizations and Types of Expression
83
Prospects and Innovations
84
Special Interests
88
The Varieties of Special Interest Groups
89
Constituents and Resources
91
The Varieties of Public Ritual
129
Rituals and Social Resources
134
Ritual Activity
138
Expressing the Sacred
142
Challenges and Prospects
146
Conclusion
151
Complex Organizations
153
Paying the Piper
155
Public and Private
160
Discourse about Public Religion
165
Further Reading
169
Index
179
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