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Irreverent Visions: The Cultural, Political, and Religious Uses of Sacrilege

Dissertation Abstracts International, A: The Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.62(6)

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  • Title:
    Irreverent Visions: The Cultural, Political, and Religious Uses of Sacrilege
  • Author: Cordero, Jonathan
  • Contributor: Cordero, Jonathan (correspondence author)
  • Found In: Dissertation Abstracts International, A: The Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.62(6)
  • Subjects: United States of America ; Culture ; Sacredness ; Christianity ; Culture and Social Structure; Culture (Kinship, Forms of Social Organization, Social Cohesion & Integration, & Social Representations) ; Dissertation ; Sacrilege
  • Language: English
  • Description: The following is an exploratory study of sacrilege in American visual culture. Sacrilege is defined as the violation of codes governing the meaning and use of sacred things. Sacrilegious culture is understood from the perspective of its creators and examined according to how the sacred is used. The chapters are organized thematically according to use: cultural, political, and religious. Each irreverent vision engages religion at a level according to the social context of the cultural creator. A sample of popular sacrilegious representations was acquired from a snowball sample, and interviews from cultural creators were gathered between 1980 and 2000. Sacrilege is the consequence of the postmodern leveling and of the marginalization of individuals and groups who define their identity in relation to Christianity. Sacrilege also contributes to the secularization of religion at the symbolic level by undermining its sacred meanings and codes. Ultimately, sacrilege results from the loss of control by religious institutions over the meanings and use of its symbols in public culture.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0419-4209
  • Creation Date: December 2001

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