By Robert Wuthnow
A set of unique essays advancing the learn of tradition from a sociological viewpoint. Exploring and lengthening contemporary reviews of tradition with either qualitative and quantitative research, this e-book specializes in the ways that modern cultural items functionality as vocabularies of public lifestyles. The members hide quite a lot of subject matters; those contain the symbolic constitution of faith, technological know-how and the humanities. The booklet is unified with a standard predicament - the concrete manifestations of tradition and the significance of figuring out its inner constitution. This e-book might be of curiosity to scholars and academics within the sociology of tradition, faith and the humanities.
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First, Falwell’s ministry raised large amounts of money, surely many millions, on behalf of Liberty Baptist College (LBC) throughout the 1970s, especially during the period 1973–8, when his total ministry income first began to leap forward quite incredibly. 2 Second, a good deal of that money did indeed come from the audiences reached by the LBC fund-raising campaigns. Falwell’s appeals, including the Jericho maneuver, yielded money— lots of it. The question is, what, more precisely, was the relationship between those rhetorical campaigns and the money raised?
I turn first to an analysis of the ways in which an individual story or example itself, taken in isolation, can aid the suppression of interpretive alternatives by virtue of its form. The story form, I argue, gives discourse the possibility of radical compactness while at the same time maintaining a high degree of coherence; both qualities are important in interpretive closure. The examination of one particular story text, representative of others in the series in which it appears, will serve as a useful illustration.
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