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Christmas as religion : rethinking Santa, the secular and the sacred

Author: Christopher Deacy
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Series: UPSO - Oxford University Press E-Books.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Christopher Deacy explores the premise that religion plays an elementary role in our understanding of the Christmas festival, but takes issue with much of the existing literature which is inclined to limit the contours and parameters of 'religion' to particular representations and manifestations of institutional forms of Christianity. 'Religion' is often tacitly identified as having an ecclesiastical frame of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Deacy, Christopher.
Christmas as religion. The relationship between sacred and secular.
Corby : Oxford University Press 2016
(OCoLC)929590883
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Deacy
ISBN: 9780191069550 0191069558 9780191816192 0191816191 0198754566 9780198754565
OCLC Number: 957616962
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 223 pages)
Contents: Cover; Christmas as Religion: Rethinking Santa, the Secular, and the Sacred; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; Introduction: The Parameters of this Book; 1: What is Christmas?; WHY IS CHRISTMAS SIGNIFICANT?; 2: Revisiting the Religious Origins and Essence of Christmas; THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS; THE DICKENS CONNECTION; FROM SCROOGE TO SANTA . . .TO JESUS?; RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SANTA AND JESUS; 3: Is Christmas a 'Secular' Religion?; A REFRAMING OF THE PARAMETERS; CHRISTMAS JUNIOR CHOICE; RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE DEFINITION AND STUDY OF RELIGION. THE NEED TO MOVE AWAY FROM BINARIES4: Christmas as a Site of Implicit Religion; WHAT IS IMPLICIT RELIGION?; THE DISTINCTIVENESS AND IMPACT OF IMPLICIT RELIGION; HOW MIGHT CHRISTMAS FUNCTION AS A SITE OF IMPLICIT RELIGION?; 5: Christmas Films and the Persistence of the Supernatural; CHRISTMAS MOVIES AS VESSELS OF TRANSFORMATION AND RENEWAL; THE PARADOX OF ESCAPISM; CRITICAL VS. POPULAR INTERPRETATIONS OF CHRISTMAS FILMS; JUXTAPOSING THE TRANSCENDENT AND THE SECULAR; 6: Reframing Christmas and the Religion of Materialism; RELIGION AND CONSUMER CAPITALISM. CHRISTMAS'S INDISSOLUBLE ASSOCIATION WITH THE ECONOMYPROBLEMS WITH THE RELIGION OF COMMERCIALIZATION; FINDING THE SPIRITUAL IN THE MIDST OF THE MATERIAL: THE PARADOX OF CHRISTMAS FILMS; CONCLUSION: MOVING BEYOND THE MATERIAL; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: UPSO - Oxford University Press E-Books.
Responsibility: Christopher Deacy.

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This work develops critical links between modern representations of Christmas and the category of religion.  Read more...
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Christopher Deacy provides an innovative cultural study of Christmas as multi-faceted modern festival, at least as practiced in the west. * Liam Sutherland, Expository Times * We are all familiar Read more...

 
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