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


In the concluding notes I look back at the guiding questions of this study and summarize the main findings. The goal of this study was to understand what happens in devotional fitness and how and why the underlying ideology works, how participants and protagonists make sense of what they do, and how programs build an identity in their different contexts. In answering these questions, I have dealt with these issues in detail, analyzing the various practices and value-ideas occurring in the field from different perspectives. In the conclusions, I draw together the main arguments developed from this study.


Protestantism and embodiment Body as instrument and index Healing relationships Embodying evangelicalism Identity of devotional fitness 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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