Faith and Money: How Religion Contributes to Wealth and Poverty

Faith and Money: How Religion Contributes to Wealth and Poverty

by Lisa A. Keister


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Faith and Money: How Religion Contributes to Wealth and Poverty by Lisa A. Keister

For those who own it, wealth can have extraordinary advantages. High levels of wealth can enhance educational attainment, create occupational opportunities, generate social influence, and provide a buffer against financial emergencies. Even a small amount of savings can improve security, mitigate the effects of job loss and other financial setbacks, and improve well-being dramatically. Although the benefits of wealth are significant, they are not enjoyed uniformly throughout the United States. In the United States, because religion is an important part of cultural orientation, religious beliefs should affect material well-being. This book explores the way religious orientations and beliefs affect Americans' incomes, savings, and net worth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521896511
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2011
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lisa A. Keister is a professor of sociology and the Director of the Markets and Management Program at Duke University. She conducts research on wealth inequality, asset accumulation and the causes of each. She is the author of Getting Rich: America's New Rich and How They Got There (Cambridge University Press 2005) and Wealth in America (Cambridge University Press 2000). Her research on Chinese corporations and the country's economic transition appeared in her book Chinese Business Groups (2000) as well as various articles.

Table of Contents

1. Religion and wealth; 2. Family and human capital processes; 3. Works, occupation, and income; 4. Wealth I: new worth and real assets; 5. Wealth II: financial assets, liabilities, and multivariate models; 6. Upward mobility and assimilation; 7. Notable achievement; 8. A truly complex relationship; 9. Conclusion: how much is enough?

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