By Martin Radermacher
This e-book examines evangelical weight loss diet and health courses and offers a scientific process of this varied box with its wide array of courses. whilst evangelical Christians interact in health and eating regimen periods on the way to “glorify God,” they typically face skepticism. This ebook ways devotional health tradition in North the United States from a spiritual stories viewpoint, outlining the elemental buildings, principles, and practices of the sphere. beginning with the historic backgrounds of this present, the ebook ways either perform and beliefs, highlighting how devotional health courses construe their id within the face of varied competing deals in spiritual and non-religious sectors of society. The ebook indicates a nuanced and complicated figuring out of the connection among activities and faith, past ‘simple’ practical equivalency. It offers insights into the formation of secular and non secular physique beliefs and how those physique beliefs are sacralized within the body of an evangelical worldview.
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I have taken these issues into consideration but shift my analytic focus on the interplay of the overarching discourse and the embodied realities of this discourse. Moreover, this research focuses on the contemporary field. Although the book includes a historical part, this is not the area where I work with new source material. Griffith and Schrettle have, from different perspectives, already covered the historic dimensions extensively. Therefore, the focus of this study lies on the contemporary situation, amplified by some historical comparisons that Griffith did not consider (Muscular Christianity, YMCA, Alcoholics Anonymous).
Der body turn in der Soziologie: Eine programmatische Einführung. In Body Turn: Perspektiven der Soziologie des Körpers und des Sports, ed. Robert Gugutzer, 9–53. Bielefeld: Transcript. Gugutzer, Robert, and Moritz Böttcher. 2012. Zur Einführung. In Körper, Sport und Religion: Zur Soziologie religiöser Verkörperung, ed. Robert Gugutzer and Moritz Böttcher, 9–23. Frankfurt am Main: Springer. Hancock, Philip, Bill Hughes, Elizabeth Jagger, Kevin Paterson, Rachel Russell, Emmanuelle Tulle-Winton, and Melissa Tyler.
Among the central findings of her study, Griffith suggests that “religion […] has held a vital historical role in American body politics: a system making some bodies healthier, more beautiful, more powerful, and longer lived than others” (Griffith 2004, 249). In short, “Modern fitness may not be a ‘religion’ in the scholarly sense, but it surely has dense and unavoidable religious roots” (Griffith 2004, 250). This book owes a lot to Griffith’s study and her thorough historical account offers valuable contextualization.