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Taves, Ann 1952-

Overview
Works: 16 works in 69 publications in 1 language and 5,013 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Prayers and devotions 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: BL53, 291.42
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ann Taves
Religion and domestic violence in early New England : the memoirs of Abigail Abbot Bailey by Abigail Abbot Bailey( )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1999 in English and held by 1,875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious experience reconsidered : a building block approach to the study of religion and other special things by Ann Taves( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essence of religion was once widely thought to be a unique form of experience that could not be explained in neurological, psychological, or sociological terms. In recent decades scholars have questioned the privileging of the idea of religious experience in the study of religion, an approach that effectively isolated the study of religion from the social and natural sciences. Religious Experience Reconsidered lays out a framework for research into religious phenomena that reclaims experience as a central concept while bridging the divide between religious studies and the sciences. Ann Taves shifts the focus from "religious experience," conceived as a fixed and stable thing, to an examination of the processes by which people attribute meaning to their experiences. She proposes a new approach that unites the study of religion with fields as diverse as neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, and psychology to better understand how these processes are incorporated into the broader cultural formations we think of as religious or spiritual
Fits, trances, & visions : experiencing religion and explaining experience from Wesley to James by Ann Taves( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fits, trances, visions, speaking in tongues, clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, possession. Believers have long viewed these and similar involuntary experiences as religious -- as manifestations of God, the spirits, or the Christ within. Skeptics, on the other hand, have understood them as symptoms of physical disease, mental disorder, group dynamics, or other natural causes. In this sweeping work of religious and psychological history, Ann Taves explores the myriad ways in which believers and detractors interpreted these complex experiences in Anglo-American culture between the mid-eighteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Taves divides the book into three sections. In the first, ranging from 1740 to 1820, she examines the debate over trances, visions, and other involuntary experiences against the politically charged backdrop of Anglo-American evangelicalism, established churches, Enlightenment thought, and a legacy of religious warfare. In the second part, covering 1820 to 1890, she highlights the interplay between popular psychology--particularly the ideas of "animal magnetism" and mesmerism--and movements in popular religion: the disestablishment of churches, the decline of Calvinist orthodoxy, the expansion of Methodism, and the birth of new religious movements. In the third section, Taves traces the emergence of professional psychology between 1890 and 1910 and explores the implications of new ideas about the subconscious mind, hypnosis, hysteria, and dissociation for the understanding of religious experience. Throughout, Taves follows evolving debates about whether fits, trances, and visions are natural (and therefore not religious) or supernatural (and therefore religious). She pays particular attention to a third interpretation, proposed by such "mediators" as William James, according to which these experiences are natural and religious. Taves shows that ordinary people as well as educated elites debated the meaning of these experiences and reveals the importance of interactions between popular and elite culture in accounting for how people experienced religion and explained experience."--Back cover
What matters? : ethnographies of value in a not so secular age( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: Over the past decade, religious, secular, and spiritual distinctions have broken down, forcing scholars to rethink secularity and its relationship to society. Since classifying a person, activity, or experience as religious or otherwise is an important act of valuation, one that defines the characteristics of a group and its relation to others, scholars are struggling to recast these concepts in our increasingly ambiguous, pluralistic world. This collection considers religious and secular categories and what they mean to those who seek valuable, ethical lives. As they investigate how individuals and groups determine significance, set goals, and attribute meaning, contributors illustrate the ways in which religious, secular, and spiritual designations serve as markers of value. Reflecting on recent ethnographic and historical research, chapters explore contemporary psychical research and liberal American homeschooling; the work of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century American psychologists and French archaeologists; the role of contemporary humanitarian and volunteer organizations based in Europe and India; and the prevalence of highly mediated and spiritualized publics, from international psy-trance festivals to Ghanaian national political contexts. Contributors particularly focus on the role of ambivalence, attachment, and disaffection in the formation of religious, secular, and spiritual identities, resetting research on secular society and contemporary religious life while illuminating what matters in the lives of ordinary individuals
The household of faith : Roman Catholic devotions in mid-nineteenth-century America by Ann Taves( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revelatory events : three case studies of the emergence of new spiritual paths by Ann Taves( )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unseen presences. Apparitions. Hearing voices. Although some people would find such experiences to be distressing and seek clinical help, others perceive them as transformative. Occasionally, these unusual phenomena give rise to new spiritual paths or religious movements. Revelatory Events provides fresh insights into what is perhaps the bedrock of all religious beliefthe claim that otherworldly powers are active in human affairs. Ann Taves looks at Mormonism, Alcoholics Anonymous, and A Course in Miraclesthree cases in which insiders claimed that a spiritual presence guided the emergence of a new spiritual path. In the 1820s, Joseph Smith, Jr., reportedly translated the Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates unearthed with the help of an angel. Bill Wilson cofounded AA after having an ecstatic experience while hospitalized for alcoholism in 1934. Helen Schucman scribed the words of an inner voice that she attributed to Jesus, which formed the basis of her 1976 best-selling self-study course. In each case, Taves argues, the sense of a guiding presence emerged through a complex, creative interaction between a founding figure with unusual mental abilities and an initial set of collaborators who were drawn into the process by diverse motives of their own. -- Amazon.com
"External" devotions and the interior life : popular devotional theologies in mid-nineteenth century America by Ann Taves( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relocating the sacred : Roman Catholic devotions in mid-nineteenth-century America by Ann Taves( )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women and gender in American religion(s) by Ann Taves( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Joseph Smith's first vision : new methods for the analysis of experience-related texts by Ann Taves( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Explanation and the Study of Religion by Egil Asprem( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mormon studies in the academy : a conversation between Ann Taves and Spencer Fluhman by Ann Taves( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Religion and Domestic Violence in Early New England: The Memoirs of Abigail Abbot Bailey (Religion in North America) by Abigail Abbot Bailey( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

To Our Critics by Egil Asprem( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Revelatory Events - Novel Experiences and the Emergence by Ann Taves( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Refiner's fire and the Yates thesis : hermeticism, esotericism, and the history of Christianity by Stephen J Fleming( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Fits, trances, & visions : experiencing religion and explaining experience from Wesley to James
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Fits, trances, & visions : experiencing religion and explaining experience from Wesley to JamesWhat matters? : ethnographies of value in a not so secular age
Alternative Names
Ann Taves Religious Studies scholar

Languages
English (69)