Religion as Social Capital: Producing the Common Good / Edition 1

Religion as Social Capital: Producing the Common Good / Edition 1

by Corwin E. Smidt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0918954851

ISBN-13: 9780918954855

Pub. Date: 01/01/2003

Publisher: Baylor University Press

While Robert Putnam'sBowling Alone(2000) highlighted the notion of volunteerism, little attention has been paid to religion's role in generating social capital - an ironic omission since religion constitutes the most common form of voluntary association in America today. Featuring essays by prominent social scientists, this is the first book-length systematic…  See more details below

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While Robert Putnam'sBowling Alone(2000) highlighted the notion of volunteerism, little attention has been paid to religion's role in generating social capital - an ironic omission since religion constitutes the most common form of voluntary association in America today. Featuring essays by prominent social scientists, this is the first book-length systematic examination of the relationship between religion and social capital and what effects religious social capital has on democratic life in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780918954855
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)
Lexile:
1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Bowling Alone But Serving Together: The Congregational Norm of Community Involvement19
3Religious Social Capital: Its Nature, Social Location, and Limits33
4Faith and Leadership in the Inner City: How Social Capital Contributes to Democratic Renewal49
5Does Religion Matter? Projecting Democratic Power into the Public Arena69
6Religion and Volunteering in America87
7The Religious Basis of Charitable Giving in America: A Social Capital Perspective107
8Ties That Bind and Flourish: Religion as Social Capital in African-American Politics and Society121
9Social Capital and Societal Vision: A Study of Six Farm Communities in Iowa139
10Religious Involvement, Social Capital, and Political Engagement: A Comparison of the United States and Canada153
11The Language of God in the City of Man: Religious Discourse and Public Politics in America171
12Can Religion Revitalize Civil Society? An Institutional Perspective191
13Religion, Social Capital, and Democratic Life: Concluding Thoughts211
Notes223
References239
About the Contributors255
Index259

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