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The secular spectacle : performing religion in a southern town / Chad E. Seales.

Author/creator Seales, Chad E. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Copyright Notice ©2013
Descriptionxi, 238 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Secularism -- Industry -- Nationalism -- Civility -- Privatization -- Migration -- Silence.
Abstract "Tracing the religious history of Siler City, North Carolina, Chad E. Seales argues that southern whites cultivated their own regional brand of American secularism and employed it, alongside public religious performances, to claim and regulate public spaces. Over the course of the twentieth century, they wielded secularism to segregate racialized bodies, to challenge local changes resulting from civil rights legislation, and to respond to the arrival of Latino migrants. Combining ethnographic and archival sources, Seales studies the themes of industrialization, nationalism, civility, privatization, and migration through the local history of Siler City; its neighborhood patterns, Fourth of July parades, Confederate soldiers, minstrel shows, mock weddings, banking practices, police shootings, Good Friday processions, public protests, and downtown mural displays. Offering a spatial approach to the study of performative religion, The Secular Spectacle presents a generative narrative of secularism from the perspective of evangelical Protestants in the American South."-- Publisher's description.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2013019922
ISBN9780199860289 (hdbk. ; acid-free paper)
ISBN0199860289 (hdbk. ; acid-free paper)
Standard identifier# 40023305001

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Joyner NC Stacks BL2527.S55 S43 2013 ✔ Available Place Hold

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