From Pews to Polling Places: Faith and Politics in the American Religious Mosaic / Edition 2

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Does religion promote political mobilization? Are individuals motivated by their faith to focus on issues of social justice, personal morality, or both? What is the relationship between religious conviction and partisanship? Does religious identity reinforce or undermine other political identifications like a race, ethnicity, and class?

From Pews to Polling Places seeks to answer these questions by unveiling a rich mosaic of religious and ethnic perspectives including those of evangelical Christians, the religious left, Catholics, Mormons, African, Latinos, Jews, and Muslims. Along with these groups, the book takes a unique look at the role of secular and antifundamentalist positions.

Promment religion and politics scholars demonstrate how different theologies, histories, and social situations drive distinct conceptualizations of the relationship between religious and political life. At the same time, however, the book points to important commonalities across traditions that can inform our discussions on the impact of religion on political life. In emphasizing these similarities, the authors explore the challenges of political mobilization, partisanship, and the intersections of religion and ethnicity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589011731
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Religion and Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Matthew Wilson is associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables Preface ONE Parties, Prayers, and Preachers: The Evolving Nature of Political and Religious Mobilization Clyde Wilcox and Carin Robinson

TWO Evangelical and Mainline Protestants at the Turn of the Millenium: Taking Stock and Looking Forward Corwin E. SmidtTHREE Whither the Religious Left? Religiopolitical Progressivism in Twenty-First-Century America Laura R. Olson

FOUR The Political Behavior of American Catholics: Change and Continuity Stephen T. MockabeeFIVE Dry Kindling: A Political Profile of American Mormons David E. Campbell and J. Quin Monson

SIX From Liberation to Mutual Fund: Political Consequences of Differing Conceptions of Christ in the African American Church Melissa Harris-Lacewell

SEVEN Power in the Pews? Religious Diversity and Latino Political Attitudes and Behaviors Louis DeSipio

EIGHT The Evolution of Jewish Pluralism: Public Opinion and the Political Preferences of American Jews Paul A. Djupe

NINE The Politics of American Muslims Paul A. Djupe and John C. Green

TEN Secularists, Antifundamentalists, and the New Religious Divide in the American Electorate Louis Bolce and Gerald De Maio

ELEVENReligion and American Political Life: A Look Forward J. Matthew Wilson


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