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- DescriptionBased on two richly described case studies - a Pentecostal worship service and popular music festival - this book draws on sociology, theology and religious studies in order to understand the significance of ecstatic experience in these contexts. Interviews with performers in both settings, together with detailed first person accounts of worship services and live performances, combine to create a picture of the role of music, performance and space in catalysing ecstasy. Drawing on the work of thinkers as diverse as Michel Foucault, Emile Durkheim, Victor Turner and Friedrich Schleiermacher, this book demonstrates that religious and n-religious disciplines, paradigms and understandings can work in a complementary fashion to help us understand the significance of phemena such as music and ecstatic experience. Ultimately, the argument put forward in the book is that ecstatic experience takes place in both religious and secular settings and is best understood by both theistic and n-theistic approaches, working together. The ecstatic experience common to both contexts is theorised as 'proto-religious phemena' - the kernel from which religion may develop.
- Author BiographyMark Jennings completed his PhD at Murdoch University in 2010. His research interests include sociology of religion, and popular culture studies, and he has published on Pentecostal worship; popular music studies; shamanism and New Testament studies. He has conducted ethnographic research at music festivals and Pentecostal churches. He currently lectures in Sociology at Murdoch University.
- Author(s)Mark Jennings
- PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Date of Publication18/02/2014
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2014
- ImprintPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Weight350 g
- Width150 mm
- Height225 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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