Southern Discomfort, in The Poetics of the Sacred and the Politics of
Knowledge: Six Geographies of Encounter, ed. Teresa Berger
Susan Thorne’s essay applies the narrative conventions of social history to a white Southerner’s faith journey. Religion figures in her autobiographical reflections as institutional space and social network, as site of community activism and as spiritual encounter with the divine. Her conclusions urge secular progressives to take religious subjectivity more seriously, to develop categories of scholarly analysis that don’t foreclose political mobilization.