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When I Was a Child: Children's Interpretations of First Communion


  

by: Susan B. Ridgely

When I Was a Child: Children's Interpretations of First Communion
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Binding: Paperback
Brand: Brand: The University of North Carolina Press
EAN: 9780807856338
Edition: New edition
Feature: Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN: 0807856339
Item Dimensions: 8505255362
Label: The University of North Carolina Press
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: The University of North Carolina Press
MPN: 25 illustrations, notes, bibliography, i
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 272
Publication Date: September 26, 2005
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Release Date: September 26, 2005
Studio: The University of North Carolina Press

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First Communion is generally understood as a rite of passage in which seven- and eight-year-old Catholic children transform from baptized participants in the Church to members of the body of Christ, the universal Catholic Church. This official Church account, however, ignores what the rite actually may mean to its participants. In When I Was a Child, Susan Ridgely Bales demonstrates that the accepted understanding of a religious ritual can shift dramatically when one considers the often neglected perspective of child participants.

Bales followed Faith Formation classes and interviewed communicants, parents, and priests in an African American parish and in a parish containing both white and Latino congregations. By letting the children speak for themselves through their words, drawings, and actions, When I Was a Child stresses the importance of rehearsal, the centrality of sensory experiences, and the impact of expectations in the communicants' interpretations of the Eucharist. In the first sustained ethnographic study of how children interpret and help shape their own faith, Bales finds that children's perspectives give new contours to the traditional understanding of a common religious ritual. Ultimately, she argues that scholars of religion should consider age as distinct a factor as race, class, and gender in their analyses.





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