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The Monk's Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity

Paula Pryce


Based on long-term ethnographic research with Christian monastics in the United States and a dispersed network of interdenominational non-monastic Christian contemplatives, The Monk’s Cell shows how religious practitioners combined social action and intentional living with intellectual study and inter-religious practices to modify their ways of knowing, sensing, and experiencing the world. Paula Pryce developed innovative “intersubjective” fieldwork methods to explore how these opaque, often silent communities practiced a paradoxical combination of formalized ritual and intentional “unknowing” ... More

Keywords: Christianity, United States, ritual, epistemology, perception, intersubjectivity, pluralism, monasticism, contemplation, silence, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190680589
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190680589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paula Pryce, author
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

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