Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience / Edition 1

Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience / Edition 1

by Carolyn Chen
     
 

"Clearly and engagingly written, this book pays close attention to the details of language and life through which meaning emerges, but it also stays in constant conversation with the larger theoretical and conceptual questions at the heart of sociological inquiry. I strongly recommend it."—Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

"Based on thorough,

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"Clearly and engagingly written, this book pays close attention to the details of language and life through which meaning emerges, but it also stays in constant conversation with the larger theoretical and conceptual questions at the heart of sociological inquiry. I strongly recommend it."—Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

"Based on thorough, sensitive ethnography, this book explores the role of religion in helping Taiwanese immigrants adapt to American society and develop a new, American identity. It is distinguished by an unusually good ethnography—an especially close attention to the fine-grained realities of everyday life—and by its attempt to wrestle with large, classical questions about the comparative sociology of religion."—Richard Madsen, University of California, San Diego

"Once I picked up this book I could not put it down. It is full of fascinating stories, lucid descriptions, eloquent arguments, and penetrating analyses. Getting Saved in America is a significant contribution to the study of immigrant religion and the sociological understanding of American religion."—Fenggang Yang, Purdue University

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ISBN-13:
9780691119625
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Translations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Becoming Religious by Becoming American 1

Chapter 1. From Beautiful Island (Ilha Formosa)

to Beautiful Country (America: Bi-kuo/Mei-guo)

TAIWANESE IMMIGRATION AND RELIGION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 16

Chapter 2. Becoming Christian

BREAKING TRADITIONS AND MAKING TRADITIONS 38

Chapter 3. Becoming Buddhist

FROM EMBEDDED RELIGION TO EXPLICIT RELIGION 77

Chapter 4. Becoming American Men and Women

OTHERWORLDLY NARRATIVES AND THIS-WORLDLY SELVES 111

Chapter 5. Cultivating American Saints

RELIGIOUS DISCIPLINES OF THE SELF 146

Conclusion: Becoming Americans

FROM MIGRANTS TO PILGRIMS 186

Appendix

Interview Schedule 203

References 207

Index 227

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