Disruptive Religion: The Force of Faith in Social Movement Activism / Edition 1

Disruptive Religion: The Force of Faith in Social Movement Activism / Edition 1

by Christian Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415914051

ISBN-13: 9780415914055

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Religion has long played a central role in many social and political movements. Solidarity in Poland, anti-apartheid in South Africa, Operation Rescue in the United States--each of these movements is driven by the energy and sustained by the commitment of many individuals and organizations whose ideologies are shaped and powered by religious faith. In many cases,…  See more details below

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Religion has long played a central role in many social and political movements. Solidarity in Poland, anti-apartheid in South Africa, Operation Rescue in the United States--each of these movements is driven by the energy and sustained by the commitment of many individuals and organizations whose ideologies are shaped and powered by religious faith. In many cases, religious resources and motives serve as crucial variables explaining the emergence of entire social movements. Despite the crucial role of religion in most societies, this religious activism remains largely uninvestigated. Disruptive Religion intends to fill this void by analyzing contemporary social movements which are driven by people and organizations of faith. Upon a firm base of empirical evidence, these essays also address many theoretical issues arising in the study of social movements and disruptive politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415914055
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
About the Contributors
Introduction: Correcting a Curious Neglect, or Bringing Religion Back In1
1The Black Church in the Civil Rights Movement: the SCLC as the Decentralized, Radical Arm of the Black Church29
2Radical Islamic Insurgency in the Iranian Revolution of 1978-197947
3Pastoral Mobilization and Contention: The Religious Foundations of the Solidarity Movement in Poland67
4Religious Rituals of Resistance and Class Consciousness in Bolivian Tin-Mining Communities87
5Popular Religion, Protest, and Revolt: The Emergence of Political Insurgency in the Nicaraguan and Salvadoran Churches of the 1960s-80s105
6Church Leadership, State Repression, and the "Spiral of Involvement" in the South African Anti-apartheid Movement, 1983-1990125
7For God and the Fatherland: Protestant Symbolic Worlds and the Rise of German National Socialism147
8Many Are Called but Few Obey: Ideological Commitment and Activism in Operation Rescue167
9Popular Christianity and Political Extremism in the United States189
10A Comparison of the Political Behavior of Faith-Based and Secular Peace Groups205
Notes223
Index229

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