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Feeling Faith: Religion, Emotions, and American Society

Americans often view emotions as personal and individualistic, but social norms and institutions, such as religion, shape what people feel, when they feel, and how they express their feelings. Emotions, in turn, also structure religious views on what it means to become spiritual and belong to faith traditions. The course explores the social organization of emotions by examining what feeling rules reveal about religious authority and identity in American society.

Courtney Irby

Illinois Wesleyan University

Community College, Public College or University, Private College or University, Seminary
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Intro, Undergraduate Course
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Atheism/Agnosticism/Skepticism, Buddhism, Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Hinduism, Indigenous, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Other Christianities, Other Traditions, Protestant
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Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

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