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Building Lives: Constructing Rites and Passages


Conception and birth, growth and maturity, aging and death - these are important moments in the human life story. They are also stages in the existence of a building, says the author of this unconventional history of the rituals and practices that surround built structures in America. Drawing on sources as varied as Masonic manuals, promotional brochures, janitorial contracts, tourist guidebooks, and religious texts, the cultural historian Neil Harris explores the rites of building passage over the past one hundred and ...

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Building Lives: Constructing Rites and Passages
1999, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

ISBN-13: 9780300070453


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