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In Justified by Work, Robert Anthony Bruno sheds light on the simple but rarely asked question: “What role do faith and religious observance play in the everyday lives of working people?” While some historical work has been done on middle-, upper-, and professional-class notions of faith, money, time, and business ethics, the theological beliefs and experiences of working-class Americans have been practically ignored. Bruno’s book is embedded in the contemporary religious practices and beliefs of working-class Chicago-area congregations to show both how faith is inextricably interwoven in the everyday lives of the people who regularly attend places of worship and how class impacts the daily manifestation of these people’s religion (from theology to practice). Most past religious scholarship has drawn a dichotomy between urban and suburban churches and has compared religious observance and denominational membership by race, gender, ethnicity, and recently, around the emergence of a “knowledge” and “entrepreneurial” class forms of church practice. Diverging from previous models, Justified by Work, based on author interviews with a wide spectrum of working-class Chicagoans, offers a comparative study of working-class religious practice and faith, across race and ethnic identity. Christian churches are represented by a Catholic Mexican congregation, an African American Baptist church, and a mixed eastern European church. Bruno examines as well how religious observance affects the lives and attitudes of working-class Jews and Muslims in Chicago.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Unhallowed Many
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Suffering and Healing Grace
  2. pp. 19-47
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  1. 2. The Ghost of the World
  2. pp. 48-78
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  1. 3. Missing God's Best: Obligations of the Righteous
  2. pp. 79-117
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  1. 4. A Repertoire of Worship
  2. pp. 118-149
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  1. 5. Luther's Wall
  2. pp. 150-181
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  1. 6. A Taste of Heaven
  2. pp. 182-213
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  1. Conclusion: God and Working-Class Lives
  2. pp. 214-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-250
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 259-268
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814271728
Related ISBN
9780814251348
MARC Record
OCLC
1227264762
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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