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Televangelism Reconsidered: Ritual in the Search for Human Community (Bobby C Alexander) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1993) 9781555409074
Televangelism Reconsidered: Ritual in the Search for Human Community (Bobby C Alexander) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1993) 9781555409074
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Title: Televangelism Reconsidered: Ritual in the Search for Human Community

Author: Alexander, Bobby C

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1993

Paperback; ISBN: 9781555409074

Volumes: 1; Pages: 216

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By closely examining four television programs--Falwell's "The Old-Time Gospel Hour," Robertson's "700 Club," the Bakkers' "PTL Club," and the telecasts of Jimmy Swaggart--this work considers the attraction of televangelism for its conservative Christian audience. It argues that televangelism, as ritual performance, both legitimates the beliefs of viewers and at the same time adapts other beliefs of its viewers to the broader culture.ContentsPreface 1 Introduction: Televangelism As Redressive Ritual within A Larger Social Drama Pt. 1 Behind the Scenes, or The Bigger Picture 2 Televangelism in Caricature and Its Human Face 3 Viewers' Marginalized Religion and Social Standing within American Society 4 The Religion of Televangelism and its Viewers 5 The Emergence of Televangelism As Distinctive Religious Programming Pt. 2 Televangelism As Ritual 6 Viewers' Ritual Participation in the Telecasts 7 Ritual in the Service of Legitimation and Adaptation 8 Ritual in the Search for Human Community Pt. 3 The Television Programs 9 "The Old-Time Gospel Hour": Ritual in the Service of Legitimation 10 The "700 Club": Ritual in the Service of Adaptation 11 "Jimmy Swaggart": Ritual Community on the Offensive 12 The "PTL Club" and "The Jim and Tammy Show": Ritual Community As Refuge 13 Conclusion: The Recent Shift in Ritual Roles: Televangelism's New Emphasis on Community Appendix: Survey of Viewers Endnotes Bibliography
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