When I Was A Child

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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In this ethnographic study of children's religious lives, Bales listens to children's own perspectives on the ritual of first communion. Based on work in an urban African American congregation and in a white and Latino congregation, Bales argues that age should be a factor as distinct as race, class, and gender are to scholars of religion.

Table of Contents

Children seen and heard : first communion celebrationsp. 18
Drawing, playing, listening : a method for studying children's interpretationsp. 53
Learning the mysteries of the churchp. 69
Connecting to parish and familyp. 121
Conclusion : adding children's voices in religious studiesp. 169
Structured interview questions for parents and catechistsp. 185
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