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Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFarnham
PublisherAshgate Publishing
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9781315609454
ISBN (Print)9781138272286, 9781409456773
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Focusing on the important relationship between the 'sacred' and the 'secular', this book demonstrates that it is not paradoxical to think in terms of both secular and sacred or neither, in different times and places. International experts from a range of disciplinary perspectives draw on local, national, and international contexts to provide a fresh analytical approach to understanding these two contested poles. Exploring such phenomena at an individual, institutional, or theoretical level, each chapter contributes to the central message of the book - that the ’in between’ is real, embodied and experienced every day and informs, and is informed by, intersecting social identities. Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular provides an essential resource for continued research into these concepts, challenging us to re-think where the boundaries of sacred and secular lie and what may lie between.

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