A synthesis of archival sources, oral history, and ethnography, City of Gods is a thought-provoking study of religious pluralism. Using Flushing as the backdrop to examine America’s contemporary religious diversity and what it means for the future of the United States, R. Scott Hanson explores both the possibilities and limits of pluralism. Hanson argues that the absence of widespread religious violence in a neighborhood with such densely concentrated religious diversity suggests that there is no limit to how much pluralism a pluralist society can stand. Seeking to gauge interaction and different responses to religious and ethnic diversity, the book is set against two interrelated questions: how and where have the different religious and ethnic groups in Flushing associated with others across boundaries over time; and when has conflict or cooperation arisen?
By exploring pluralism from a historical and ethnographic context, City of Gods takes a micro approach to help bring an understanding of pluralism from a sometimes abstract realm into the real world of everyday lives in which people and groups are dynamic and integrating agents in a complex and constantly changing world of local, national, and transnational dimensions.
Perhaps the most extreme example of religious and ethnic pluralism in the world, Flushing is an ideal place to explore how America’s long experiment with religious freedom and religious pluralism began and continues. City of Gods reaches far beyond Flushing to all communities coming to terms with immigration, religion, and ethnic relations, raising the question as to whether Flushing will come together in new and lasting ways to build bridges of dialogue or will it further fragment into a Tower of Babel.
|Publisher:||Fordham University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)|
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Table of Contents
1. Religion in Vlissingen (Flushing) from 1645 to 1945
2. Heralding "the World of Tomorrow": Religion and Community in Flushing, 1898-1965
3. Beyond Protestant-Catholic-Jew: The Immigration Act of 1965 and the Religions of "New Immigrants" in Flushing
4. A Blessing and a Curse? The Possibilities and Limits of Religious Pluralism
5. Flushing Since September 11, 2001
Appendix: Note on Methods