The product of a three-year study on immigrant worship communities in the Washington, DC area, the book explores the diverse ways in which such communities build social capital among their members, provide social services, develop the "civic skills" of members, and shape immigrants' identities. It looks closely at civic and political involvement and the ways in which worship communities involve their members in the wider society. Evidence from a survey of 200 worship communities and in-depth studies of 20 of them across ethnic groups and religious traditions suggests that the stronger the ethnic or religious identity of the community and the more politicized the leadership, the more civically active the community.
The explosive growth of the immigrant population since the Local leadership, much more than ethnic origins or religious tradition, shapes the level and kind of civic engagement that immigrant worship communities foster. Catholic churches, Hindu temples, mosques, and Protestant congregations all vary in the degree to which they help promote greater integration into American life. But where religious and lay leaders are civically engaged, the authors find, ethnic and religious identity contribute most powerfully to participation in civic life and the larger society.
Religion and the New Immigrants challenges existing theories and offers a nuanced view of how religious institutions contribute to the civic life of the nation. As one of the first studies to focus on the role of religion in immigrant civic engagement, this timely volume will interest scholars and students in a range of disciplines as well as anyone concerned about the future of our society.
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About the Author
Michael W. Foley is Associate Professor of Politics at The Catholic University of America. His research has focused on grassroots organizations and nonprofits in Mexico, El Salvador, and the United States. He is co-editor of The Civil Society Reader and Beyond Tocqueville: Civil Society and the Social Capital Debate in Comparative Perspective
Dean R. Hoge is Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. He has published widely on American religion, American churches, youth, and value trends. His co-authored books include International Priests in America: Challenges and Opportunities and Plain Talk about Churches and Money.
Table of Contents
Becoming American 23
Profiles in Diversity 57
Sources of Social Capital 91
Immigrant Worship Communities in the Public Square 115
Building Civic Skills 151
Who We Are 181