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Better Felt Than Said
The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in Southern Appalachia

By Troy D. Abell

Better Felt Than Said
Hardback, 206 pages $39.95
Published: 1st April 1982
ISBN: 9780918954350
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Sociology, Sociology of Religion

Better Felt Than Said is a sensitive and detailed portrait of religious men and women and their struggles in a less than ideal world. It is an important addition to the ethnographic study of Southern Appalachia, for it provides one of the few studies of the region combining participant observation and statistical analysis. Because of its informal probing style, Better Felt Than Said will be valuable to students of Southern Appalachia and religious behavior, as well as to all anthropologists interested in the ethnographic analysis of religion.


Part One

1. Introduction

2. The Place

3. The Beliefs

Part Two

4. Josh Armstrong

5. Frank Harper

6. Elma Davis

7. Lee Russell Armstrong

8. Violet Christianson

9. Alice Anderson

10. Pam Kramer

11. Vernon Watson

Part Three

12. The Worship

13. The Prime Movers

14. The Certainty

15. The Personality

16. Conclusions


Troy Abell, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the fields of anthropology and education at Baylor University. He received the Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Purdue University in 1974 and the M.P.H. from Harvard University in 1979.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 206 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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