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Consuming Religion, Hardback Book


What are you drawn to like, to watch, or even to binge?

What are you free to consume, and what do you become through consumption?

These questions of desire and value, Kathryn Lofton argues, are at bottom religious questions.

Whether or not you have been inside of a cathedral, a temple, or a seminary, you live in the frame of religion.

In eleven essays exploring soap and office cubicles, Britney Spears and the Kardashians, corporate culture and Goldman Sachs, Lofton shows the conceptual levers of religion in thinking about social modes of encounter, use, and longing.

Wherever we see people articulate their dreams of and for the world, wherever we see those dreams organized into protocols, images, manuals, and contracts, we glimpse what the word "religion" allows us to describe and understand.

With great style and analytical acumen, Lofton offers the ultimate guide to religion and consumption in our capitalizing times.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 14 halftones
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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  • Category: Religion: general
  • ISBN: 9780226481937

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