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American Religious Folklife

Folklife Studies refers to the scholarly discipline which cultivates a sensibility and an appreciation for the culture of everyday life in complex societies. Religious folklife means specific cultural creations that express religious attitudes and beliefs. This course in American religious folklife will examine the history and culture of religion in America with specific reference to Christian and Christian-based systems, as well as believers’ religious artifacts, art, craft, architecture, belief, customs, habits, foodways, costume, narrative, dance, song and other cultural expressions.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Leonard Norman Primiano

Cabrini College

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, American Studies, Other

Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, Other Traditions, Protestant
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Gender/Women/ Sexuality, He​alth/Death, Immigration/Refugees, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars, Race/Ethnicity

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