Lifelong Religion as Habitus

Religious Practice among Displaced Karelian Orthodox Women in Finland

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Helena Kupari
Numen Book Series, Volume 153
  • Leiden, Netherlands: 
    Brill
    , August
     2016.
     210 pages.
     $119.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9789004321427.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

In this book, Helena Kupari examines the lived religion of Finnish, evacuee Karelian Orthodox women through an innovative reading and application of Pierre Bourdieu’s practice theory.

After the Second World War, Finland ceded most of its Karelian territories to the Soviet Union. Over 400,000 Finns, including two thirds of the Finnish Orthodox Christians, lost their homes. This book traces the ways in which the religion of Orthodox women was affected by their displacement and their experiences as members of the Orthodox minority in post-war and contemporary Finland. It contributes to theoretical discussions on lived religion by producing an account of lifelong minority religion as habitus, or an embodied and practical “sense of religion”.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Helena Kupari, Ph. D. (2015), University of Helsinki, is postdoctoral researcher at that university. She has previously published articles on the topic of the book, for example in the journal Religion and the anthology Finnish Women Making Religion.

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