Chapter 17. Piety, Practice, and Ritual

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Kathryn Lofton Assistant Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch17

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Lofton, K. (2010) Piety, Practice, and Ritual, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Yale University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • piety, practice and ritual;
  • forms of history, thinking about relationship between thought and action;
  • bureaucratization of ethnography - through institutional review boards (IRB);
  • Anglican clerk and Methodist expositor John Wesley - “works of piety” as “ordinary channels conveying grace of God to the souls of men”;
  • studies on religion in America - employing ritual, comfortably deployed within subfields;
  • American scholarship, running away with Certeau's critical resuscitation of quotidian practice;
  • teleology of sect - study of sect, complimenting our object by its classification


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bibliography