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Introduction

  • Martin Radermacher
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Part of the Popular Culture, Religion and Society. A Social-Scientific Approach book series (POPCULT, volume 2)

Abstract

Devotional fitness is a mainly US American discourse and practice which aims at making people fit and healthy from a Christian perspective. This chapter briefly introduces the goals of this study, provides a condensed description of the field of contemporary Christian fitness practice, and outlines the structure of the book. The main questions this book seeks to answer are: How do Evangelicals engage with a general need for physical improvement from their distinctly biblical perspective? How do they construct an identity in the face of diverse health and fitness providers? The book provides a historical and empirical description of the various ways to establish, legitimate and practice a Christian diet or fitness plan. The analysis then takes place on two levels: a discursive level, concerning the ideology or theology of the field, and an embodied level, looking into the question how this discourse is inscribed in actors’ bodies, how it is put into practice.

Keywords

Devotional fitness Christian fitness programs Semiotics Somatics History of Christian health programs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Radermacher
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  1. 1.Center for Religious Studies (CERES)Ruhr-UniversityBochumGermany

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