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What Matters?: Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age

Courtney Bender and Ann Taves

Abstract

Over the past decade, religious, secular, and spiritual distinctions have broken down, forcing scholars to rethink secularity and its relationship to society. Since classifying a person, activity, or experience as religious or otherwise is an important act of valuation, one that defines the characteristics of a group and its relation to others, scholars are struggling to recast these concepts in our increasingly ambiguous, pluralistic world. This book considers religious and secular categories and what they mean to those who seek valuable, ethical lives. As they investigate how individuals and ... More

Keywords: homeschooling, secularity, religious categories, secular categories, ethical lives, humanitarian organizations, volunteer organizations, psy-trance festivals, ambivalence, attachment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156851
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156851.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Courtney Bender, editor
Columbia

Ann Taves, editor

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