Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations

Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America: Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus across Generations

by Pyong Gap Min, John Chapman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814795854

ISBN-13: 9780814795859

Pub. Date: 04/05/2010

Publisher: New York University Press


2012 Honorable Mention Award, Sociology of Religion Section, presented by the American Sociological Association

2011 Honorable Mention for the American Sociological Association International Migration Section's Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book

Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America explores the factors that may lead to

Overview


2012 Honorable Mention Award, Sociology of Religion Section, presented by the American Sociological Association

2011 Honorable Mention for the American Sociological Association International Migration Section's Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book

Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America explores the factors that may lead to greater success in ethnic preservation. Pyong Gap Min compares Indian Americans and Korean Americans, two of the most significant ethnic groups in New York, and examines the different ways in which they preserve their ethnicity through their faith. Does someone feel more “Indian” because they practice Hinduism? Does membership in a Korean Protestant church aid in maintaining ties to Korean culture?

Pushing beyond sociological research on religion and ethnicity which has tended to focus on whites or on a single immigrant group or on a single generation, Min also takes actual religious practice and theology seriously, rather than gauging religiosity based primarily on belonging to a congregation. Fascinating and provocative voices of informants from two generations combine with telephone survey data to help readers understand overall patterns of religious practices for each group under consideration. Preserving Ethnicity through Religion in America is remarkable in its scope, its theoretical significance, and its methodological sophistication.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814795859
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/05/2010
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Theoretical Frameworks
2 Religions in India and South Korea
3 Korean and Indian Immigrants’ Religious Affiliations and Participation in Religious Institutions
4 Ethnographic Research on the Shin Kwang Korean Church
5 Ethnographic Research on the Hindu Temple Society of North America
6 Participation in Religious Institutions, Family Rituals, and Identity
7 Younger Generations’ Preservation of Ethnicity through Participation in Religious Institutions
8 Younger Generations’ Preservation of Ethnicity through Domestic Religious Practices
9 The Importance of Religion to Younger Generations’ Identity, Socialization, and Social Relations
10 A Summary of Major Findings and Their Theoretical Implications
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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