The Catholic Studies Reader

9780823234103: Hardback
Release Date: 13th April 2011

9780823234110: Paperback
Release Date: 13th April 2011

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 468

Series Catholic Practice in North America

Fordham University Press

The Catholic Studies Reader

Hardback / £95.00
Paperback / £33.00

The Catholic Studies Reader is a rare book in an emerging field that has neither a documented history nor a consensus as to what should be a normative methodology. Dividing this volume into five interrelated themes central to the practice and theory of Catholic Studies—“Sources and Contexts,” “Traditions and Methods,” “Pedagogy and Practice,” “Ethnicity, Race, and Catholic Studies,” and “The Catholic Imagination”—the editors provide readers with the opportunity to understand the great diversity within this area of study.

Readers will find informative essays on the Catholic intellectual tradition and Catholic social teaching, as well as reflections on the arts and literature. This provocative and enriching collection is valuable not only for scholars but also for lay and religious Catholics working in Catholic education in universities, high schools, and
parish schools.

James T. Fisher was Professor of Theology and American Studies at Fordham University. His most recent books are Communion of Immigrants: A History of Catholics in America and On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York.

Margaret M. McGuinness is Professor of Religion at La Salle University. Her most recent books are Neighbors and Missionaries: A History of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (Fordham) and Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America (winner of 2014 Catholic Book Award in History, Catholic Press Association).

“A helpful and necessary step in establishing a set of scholarship to
further the discussion which also displays the lack of consensus among
scholars and disciplines about what constitutes ‘Catholic Studies.’”

—Paula M. Kane
University of Pittsburgh

In addition to serving as a launch pad for a new series called Catholic Practice in North America, The Catholic Studies Reader is a rare book in an emerging field that has neither a documented history nor a consensus as to what should be a normative methodology.

—American Catholic Studies Newsletter

The Catholic Studies Reader promises to be of singular benefit to academics and programs that span the broad spectrum of ideology and mission, and will lend cohesion to a congeries of programs that are now united more in name than in purpose or structure. I never tell people to run out and buy a book. Run out and buy this book.

—Mark Massa S.J.
Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education

Catholic Press Awards - 2012

Winner