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By Troy D. Abell

Higher Felt Than acknowledged is an in-depth ethnographic learn of the way households dwelling at the financial outer edge of yankee industrialization make experience of the affliction, rigidity, and uncertainty linked to poverty.

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The pivotal point for the lives of the people represented here is their religionthe way they interact with the God who speaks to their minds and communicates through feelings and dreams and voices and visions and jolts their bodies with power. I am writing primarily about how people make sense out of life. Some of the people described here do not spend much time taking care of their houses or their church buildings. In fact, by the standards of urban, secular America, these Holiness-Pentecostals spend far too much time praying, fasting, singing, and speaking in tongues and too little time affecting the real world of economics and technology and politics.

But if you do not mean it, and you go out and do the same thing again, brother, you better look out. TA: Do you think God punishes people for doing this kind of thing? Page 23 ARTHUR FIELDS: Definitely. I think he fully chastises. What does it say in there about the chastisement of the son; if he doesn't chastise, he's a bastard. If he doesn't chastise you, then he doesn't care for you. " came up. PAM KRAMER: If you just think, "Well, later on he's going to forgive me and it's all love," there's got to be something there ...

A large number of the teenaged boys have shoulder-length hair and dress in jeans and denim jackets. This style is less noticeable among the females. During my year's stay, I was not aware of a church wedding in the Coal Creek area. However, several couples ran off and got married and returned a week or so later. Courtship tends to be especially problematic for the Holiness-Pentecostal young peo- Page 14 ple. Since they cannot go to movies or watch television or go to the roller skating rink, they are allowed few dates.

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