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Joseph Sciorra's Built with Faith Wins IASA 2016 Book Award

Wednesday, September 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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The Italian American Studies Association is pleased to present its 2016 Book Award to Joseph Sciorra for Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City (University of Tennessee Press, 2015). The committee recognizes the fine production of this volume and the author's more than three-decade devotion to his topic. Sciorra looks at "how value and meaning are reproduced at the confluences of everyday life" and how artifacts of modern day New York City "make the sacred present in everyday urban spaces." Shrines, altars, creches, decorated houses, and processions are examined through thick description and rich interpretation in Sciorra's Built with Faith. The Award will be presented at IASA's 2016 Conference in Long Beach, California.

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