search for books and compare prices
cover image
Traces of the Spirit: The Religious Dimensions of Popular Music
Price
Store
Arrives
Preparing
Shipping
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Hardcover | Paperback
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New York Univ Pr
Publication date June 1, 2002
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780814798096
ISBN-10 0814798098
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $26.00
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

"Sylvan's thesis furnishes far more of the same valued experiences than is usually realized: ritual activity, communal ceremony, a philosophy and worldview, a code for living one's life, a cultural identity, a social structure, a sense of belonging, and crucially, Sylvan argues encounters with the numinous."
—Journal of Religion

Most studies of the religious significance of popular music focus on music lyrics, offering little insight into the religious aspects of the music itself. Traces of the Spirit examines the religious dimensions of popular music subcultures, charting the influence and religious aspects of popular music in mainstream culture today and analyzing the religious significance of the audience's experiences, rituals, and worldviews. Sylvan contends that popular music subcultures serve the function of religious communities and represent a new and significant religious phenomenon.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork using interviews and participant observation, Sylvan examines such subcultures as the Deadheads, raves and their participants, metalheads, and Hip Hop culture. Based on these case studies, he offers a comprehensive theoretical framework in which to study music and popular culture. In addition, he traces the history of West African possession religion from Africa to the diaspora to its integration into American popular music in such genres as the blues, rock and roll, and contemporary musical youth subcultures.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780814798089
 
from New York Univ Pr (June 1, 2002)
9780814798089 | details & prices | 291 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $85.00
About: "Sylvan's thesis furnishes far more of the same valued experiences than is usually realized: ritual activity, communal ceremony, a philosophy and worldview, a code for living one's life, a cultural identity, a social structure, a sense of belonging, and crucially, Sylvan argues encounters with the numinous.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780814798096
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from New York Univ Pr (June 1, 2002)
9780814798096 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $26.00
About: "Sylvan's thesis furnishes far more of the same valued experiences than is usually realized: ritual activity, communal ceremony, a philosophy and worldview, a code for living one's life, a cultural identity, a social structure, a sense of belonging, and crucially, Sylvan argues encounters with the numinous.

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.