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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter explores the ways American mainline pastors, musicians, and laypeople navigate the divergent media economies of hymnody and popular music and accommodate both by creating multiple worship services—shared by a single congregation—that reflect the aesthetics and symbolic resonances of each repertoire. It does so using an ethnographic case study of a congregation in Nashville, Tennessee. The chapter argues that studies of the “worship wars” need to take into account these newly dominant ways of organizing multiple genre systems in a single congregation—characterized here as a kind of “cosmopolitanism”—particularly as they are practiced by churches in mainline denominations.

Keywords: white, Protestant, Presbyterian, mainline, gospel, contemporary worship music, hymnody, cosmopolitanism, symbolism, worship wars

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