The Secular Spectacle: Performing Religion in a Southern Town

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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 Latinomigrants.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 agenerative narrative of secularism from the perspective of evangelical Protestants in the American South.
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ISBN-13: 9780199860289
ISBN-10: 0199860289
Pagini: 256
Ilustrații: 29 illus.
Dimensiuni: 162 x 237 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.47 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


A vivid and lively narrative...This excellent book will be of interest to scholars of southern migration, religion, and the formation of the secular...The Secular Spectacle is a welcome addition to the scholarship on secularism, and Seales offers deeper reflection and analysis of its particularities in the South.

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Chad E. Seales teaches in the Religious Studies department at the University of Texas at Austin. His research addresses the relationship between religion and culture in American life, as evident in the social expressions of Southern evangelicals, the popular religious practices of Latino migrants, and the moral prescriptions of corporate managers. He has published articles on corporate chaplaincy and the American workplace, religion and industrialization, thechanging religious landscape of the American South, and the religious politics of U2's Bono.