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The Religious Lives of Older LaywomenThe Last Active Anglican Generation$
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Abby Day

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739586.001.0001

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More Party than Piety

More Party than Piety

(p.158) 8 More Party than Piety
The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen

Abby Day

Oxford University Press

Generation A women often speak of a time when the church was the social hub of their lives and how this has now become diminished, with fewer regular attendees and less-involved priests. Nevertheless, the women have a strong appetite for socializing and all the attendant activities of preparation, decoration, serving, eating and drinking, games, and raffles. The food rituals of preparation reflect routine, pattern, and symbolic order. They involve more people than strictly necessary, and are therefore ‘inefficient’ compared to commercial practices, but are highly productive means of creating and maintaining church relationships. It is the routine of the regulars that dominates. Harsh realities of keeping the churchgoing are understood by Generation A and form a major part of what they consider to be their duties. The notion of a ‘self-circulating economy’ is introduced to explain the detailed method of income generation created and sustained by Generation A.

Keywords:   social hub, rituals, routine, symbolic order, church relationships, ‘self-circulating economy’, income generation

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