Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices / Edition 5

Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices / Edition 5

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081334851X
ISBN-13:
9780813348513
Pub. Date:
12/24/2013
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing
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Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices / Edition 5

Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. In this fifth edition of Religion and Politics in America, the authors offer a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. They explore the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that underlie religious political engagement while also highlighting the pragmatic and strategic political realities that religious organizations and people face. Incorporating the best and most up-to-date scholarship, the authors assess the politics of Roman Catholics; evangelical, mainline, and African American Protestants; Jews; Muslims and other conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements. The author team also examines important subjects concerning religion and its relationship to gender, race/ethnicity, and class. The fifth edition has been revised to include the 2012 elections, in particular Mitt Romney's candidacy and Mormonism, as well as a fuller assessment of the role of religion in President Obama's first term. In-depth treatment of core topics, contemporary case studies, and useful focus-study boxes, provides students with a real understanding of how religion and politics relate in practice and makes this fifth edition essential reading for courses in political science, religion, and sociology departments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813348513
Publisher: Avalon Publishing
Publication date: 12/24/2013
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 189,562
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction

1. Religion and Political Culture in America: The Historical Legacy to the Present
The Puritan Temper
Religion Freedom and Pluralism
The Evangelical Dimension
The Populist Dimension
Spiritual and Religious Individualism
Conclusion
Further Reading
Notes

2. Christianity and Its Major Branches
The Status of Religion in the United States
The Major Christian Traditions and Politics
Conclusion
Further Reading
Notes

3. Judaism, Islam, and Other Expressions of Religious Pluralism
Major Non-Christian Religions
Separatist Religions
Other Small Religions
A Comparative Case Study: Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses
Political Assessments
Further Reading
Notes

4. Voting and Religion in American Politics
A Historical Review
The Contemporary Era
Conclusion
Further Reading
Notes

5. The Politics of Organized Religious Groups
The Evolution of National Religious Lobbying
The Explosion of Religious Advocacy
Spending on Religious Advocacy
The Dynamic Churn in Political Advocacy
A Wide-Ranging Issue Agenda
A Model of Religious Group Effectiveness
Strategies for Effective Advocacy
Blending Strategies for Impact
The Cyber Revolution
Coalition-Building in the Legislative Process
The Globalization of Religious Advocacy
Do Religious Groups Play a Distinctive Role in American Democracy?
Conclusion
Further Reading
Notes

6. Religion and Political and Cultural Elites
Religion and the Presidency
Religion and Congress
Religion and Other Political Elites
Religion and Cultural Elites
Religious Elites
Conclusion
Further Reading
Notes

7. Religion, Civil Society, and Political Culture
The Tension Between Religion and Political Structure
Political Culture as a Context for Religious Participation
Religion, Civil Society, and Good Citizenship

8. The Politics of Religion on the Legal System
Judicial Politics
Key Players
Factors for Success
The Politics of Church and State
Conclusion
Further Reading
Notes

9. Church and State in the Courts
The Roots of Religious Free Exercise
The Limits of Free Exercise
The Politics of Religious Establishment
Equal Access: A Hybrid Approach to Church and State
Conclusion
Furhter Reading
Notes

10. Latino and African American Religion and Politics
The Changing Status of Latino Religion
Latinos in Public Life
African American Religion and Politics: Toward a Broader View
History and Black Political Attitudes
Connections Between Religion and Politics
Islam in the African American Community
Conclusion
Further Reading
Notes

11. Gender, Religion, and Politics
Gender and Religion in American Life
Religious Women's Diverging Perspectives on American Politics
The Politics of Women in the Pews
The Politics of Women Clergy
Conclusion
Further Reading
Notes

12. Theories of Religion, Culture, and American Politics
Civil Religion
The Unconventional Partners Thesis
Culture Wars
The Secularization Thesis
Populism
The Market Thesis
The Culture Shift Thesis
Toward the Future
Further Reading
Notes

Index

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