Journal Article

Space for God: Lived Religion at Work, Home, and Play*

Roman R. Williams

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 71, issue 3, pages 257-279
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online May 2010 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Space for God: Lived Religion at Work, Home, and Play*

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Despite modernity's attempt to structure religion out of many social domains, people still make space for God—the sacred, spirituality, religion, transcendence, etc.—in their everyday lives. Religion may be less apparent at times, but it is not altogether absent and continues to show up beyond its taken-for-granted boundaries. Drawing from photo elicitation interview materials generated by the Spiritual Narratives in Everyday Life project, I explore the ways in which religion and spirituality intersect with the domains of home, work, and leisure. At first blush, photos of homes, bedrooms, offices, beaches, pets, and gardens do not appear to be enchanted. But when one looks to the stories behind the photos, it becomes evident that the meanings these narratives convey and actions they evoke push back against the social structure as individuals leverage contextual features of everyday life to construct space for God.

Keywords: lived religion; sacred space; ethnography; culture

Journal Article.  9028 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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