Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives

eds. Richard Alba, Albert Raboteau and Josh DeWind
An outcome of the SSRC working group on Immigration, Religion and Civil Life, this volume brings together the perspectives of leading scholars of migration and religion. Religion has played a crucial role in American immigration history as an institutional resource for migrants’ social adaptation, as a map of meaning for interpreting immigration experiences, and as a continuous force for expanding the national ideal of pluralism. The resulting essays present salient patterns in American immigrants’ religious lives, past and present. In comparing the religious experiences of Mexicans and Italians, Japanese and Koreans, Eastern European Jews and Arab Muslims, and African Americans and Haitians, the book clarifies how such processes as incorporation into existing religions, introduction of new faiths, conversion, and diversification have contributed to America’s extraordinary religious diversity and add a comprehensive religious dimension to our understanding of America as a nation of immigrants. Buy from Amazon
Title
Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives
Author
eds. Richard Alba, Albert Raboteau and Josh DeWind
Published
New York University / New York University Press, December 2008
ISBN
978-08147050564
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Citation
Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives, eds. Richard Alba, Albert Raboteau and Josh DeWind (New York: New York University / New York University Press, December 2008), http://nyupress.org/books/9780814705049/, 413.