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Histories of Experience in the World of Lived Religion

Palgrave Macmillan
  • This book is available Open Access which means you can read it for free

  • Offers a theoretical introduction to the history of experience

  • Applies “experience” to empirical case studies, exploring how people have made and shared their religion

  • Concentrates on Northern Europe, but includes materials from Italy, France and United Kingdom.

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Experience (PSHE)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Religion as Historical Experience

    • Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Raisa Maria Toivo
    Pages 1-35
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 299-305

About this book

'At a historic moment, when religion shows all its social and political strength in various post-modern societies around our globe, this fascinating collection of studies from the Middle Ages to twentieth-century Europe demonstrates all the richness and innovative force of investigating individual and shared experiences when questioning the cultural, political and social place of religion in society. It also makes known in English the work of a series of Finnish historians elaborating together a pioneering vision of the notion of experience in the discipline of history.'
- Piroska Nagy, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada 


This open access book offers a theoretical introduction to the history of experience on three conceptual levels: everyday experience, experience as process, and experience as structure. Chapters apply 'experience' to empirical case studies, exploring how people have made and shared their religion through experience in history. This book understands experience as a simultaneously socially constructed and intimately personal process that connects individuals to communities and past to future, thereby forming structures that create and direct societies. It represents the crossroads of a new field of the history of experience, and an established tradition of the history of lived religion. Chapters offer a longue durée view from the fourteenth-century heretics, via experiences of miracle, madness, sickness, suffering, prayer, conversion and death, to the religious artisanship of soldiers in the Second World War frontlines. It concentrates on Northern Europe, but includes materials from Italy, France and United Kingdom.

Keywords

  • Open Access
  • secularization theory
  • history of emotions
  • religious sociology
  • spirituality

Editors and Affiliations

  • Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

    Sari Katajala-Peltomaa

  • Faculty of Social Sciences Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

    Raisa Maria Toivo

About the editors

Sari Katajala-Peltomaa is Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences and Chair of Trivium (Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies). She has published widely on lived religion, hagiography, family and gender in medieval Europe.

Raisa Maria Toivo is Professor of History at Tampere University, Finland and leader of the 'Lived Religion' group at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences. She has published widely on the social history early modern religion, gender and domestic violence.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Histories of Experience in the World of Lived Religion

  • Editors: Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Raisa Maria Toivo

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in the History of Experience

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92140-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-92139-2Published: 18 March 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-92142-2Published: 18 March 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-92140-8Published: 17 March 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2524-8960

  • Series E-ISSN: 2524-8979

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 305

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: European History, Social History, Historiography and Method, History of Religion

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)