Immigration And Religion In America

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Religion has played a crucial role in American immigration history as an institutional resource for migrants' social adaptation, as a map of meaning for interpreting immigration experiences, and as a continuous force for expanding the national ideal of pluralism. To explain these processes the editors of this volume brought together the perspectives of leading scholars of migration and religion. The resulting essays present salient patterns in American immigrants' religious lives, past and present. In comparing the religious experiences of Mexicans and Italians, Japanese and Koreans, Eastern European Jews and Arab Muslims, and African Americans and Haitians, the book clarifies how such processes as incorporation into existing religions, introduction of new faiths, conversion, and diversification have contributed to America's extraordinary religious diversity and add a comprehensive religious dimension to our understanding of America as a nation of immigrants.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814705049
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Alba is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at City University of New York and is the author of many books, including (with Victor Nee) Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration and Ethnic Identity: The Transformation of White America.

Albert J. Raboteau is Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Slave Religion: The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South and Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans.

Josh DeWind is the Director of the International Migration Program of the Social Science Research Council. He is the co-editor of The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Comparisons of Migrants and Their Religions, Past and Present Richard Alba Albert J. Raboteau Josh DeWind 1

Part I Integration of Italian and Mexican Immigrants Into an American Religion 25

1 Passages in Piety: Generational Transitions and the Social and Religious Incorporation of Italian Americans Richard Alba Robert Orsi 32

2 Migration and Mexican American Religious Life, 1848-2000 Roberto Lint Sagarena 56

3 Whither the Flock? The Catholic Church and the Success of Mexicans in America David Lopez 71

Part II Religious Conversion Among Japanese and Korean Immigrants 99

4 Japanese and Korean Migrations: Buddhist and Christian Communities in America, 1885-1945 Lori Pierce Paul Spickard David Yoo 106

5 Critical Faith: Japanese Americans and the Birth of a New Civil Religion Jane Naomi Iwamura 135

6 Buddhism, Rhetoric, and the Korean American Community: The Adjustment of Korean Buddhist Immigrants to the United States Sharon A. Suh 166

Part III Incorporation of New Religions into American Society by European Jews and Arab Muslims 191

7 Immigration and the Transformation of American Jews: Assimilation, Distinctiveness, and Community Calvin Goldscheider 198

8 Choosing Chosenness in America: The Changing Faces of Judaism Arnold Eisen 224

9 The Shaping of Arab and Muslim Identity in the United States Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad 246

10 Muslim, Arab, and American: The Adaptation of Muslim Arab Immigrants to American Society Ann Chih Lin 277

Part IV Religious Diversification Among African American and Haitian Migrants 297

11 Black Migration, Religion, and Civic Life James Grossman Albert Raboteau 304

12 Catholic, Vodou, andProtestant: Being Haitian, Becoming American-Religious Pluralism, Immigrant Incorporation, and Transnationalism Elizabeth McAlister Karen Richman 319

Integrated Bibliography 353

Contributors 381

Index 383

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