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Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations
     

Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations

by Brad Christerson
 

ISBN-10: 0814722237

ISBN-13: 9780814722237

Pub. Date: 01/01/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

Religious institutions are among the most segregated organizations in American society. This segregation has long been a troubling issue among scholars and religious leaders alike.

Despite attempts to address this racial divide, integrated churches are very difficult to maintain over time. Why is this so? How can organizations incorporate separate racial, ethnic,

Overview

Religious institutions are among the most segregated organizations in American society. This segregation has long been a troubling issue among scholars and religious leaders alike.

Despite attempts to address this racial divide, integrated churches are very difficult to maintain over time. Why is this so? How can organizations incorporate separate racial, ethnic, and cultural groups? Should they? And what are the costs and rewards for people and groups in such organizations?

Following up on Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith's award-winning Divided by Faith, Against All Odds breaks new ground by exploring the beliefs, practices, and structures which allow integrated religious organizations to survive and thrive despite their difficulties. Based on six in-depth ethnographies of churches and other Christian organizations, this engaging work draws on numerous interviews, so that readers can hear first-hand the joys and frustrations which arise from actually experiencing racial integration. The book gives an inside, visceral sense of what it is like to be part of a multiracial religious organization as well as a theoretical understanding of these experiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814722237
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2005
Pages:
197
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
1 Against All Odds
2 The Need for Belonging
3 A Place to Call Home
4 White Flight or Flux?
5 Embrace and Division
6 Together and Separate
7 Jesus Is Color-Blind
8 What We Learned
Notes
References
Index
About the Authors

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