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Consuming Religion

Kathryn Lofton


The essays in this book offer a profile of religion and its relationship to consumption in the modern period. Together they demonstrate how religion manifests in efforts to mass-produce relations of value. Through essays on specific commodities, celebrities, and industries, this book shows how much of consumer life is itself a religious enterprise, religious in the sense of enshrining certain commitments stronger than almost any other acts of social participation. Whereas earlier scholars took as a given the perpetuity of denominated, sectarian religions, this books turns to those practices, b ... More

Keywords: religion, secular, secularism, consumption, celebrity, ritual, commodity, corporatism, financial culture, Durkheim

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226481937
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226482125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Lofton, author
Yale University