The new religious communities of the United States in their churches, mosques, temples, home meetings, and festivals, being built by immigrants
Gatherings in Diaspora
Religious Communities and the New Immigration
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edited by Stephen R. Warner and Judith G. Wittner
Gatherings in Diaspora brings together the latest chapters in the long-running chronicle of religion and immigration in the American experience. Today, as in the past, people migrating to the United States bring their religions with them, and their religious identities often mean more to them away from home, in their diaspora, than they did before.
This book explores and analyzes the diverse religious communities of post-1965 diasporas: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Rastafarians, and practitioners of Vodou, from countries such as China, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Iran, Jamaica, Korea, and Mexico. The contributors explore how, to a greater or lesser extent, immigrants and their offspring adapt their religious institutions to American conditions, often interacting with religious communities already established. The religious institutions they build, adapt, remodel, and adopt become worlds unto themselves, congregations, where new relations are forged within the communitybetween men and women, parents and children, recent arrival and those longer settled.
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"Seldom do volumes highlight the sources of their inspiration in such a straightforward manner as does Gatherings in Diaspora.... a complicated book with multiple agendas, but careful readers will benefit from the complexity and find a wealth of material for considering some of the most vital questions facing us as sociologists of religion today."
"...skilfully crafted collection....researchers will find this collection indispensable as a source of data and hypotheses about ethnic identity and religio-ethnic mobilisation in the USA. It will also prove invaluable to teachers of courses on ethnicity, migration and religion."
Introduction R. Stephen Warner
Part I: Religion and the Negotiation of Identities
Part II: Transnational Migrants and Religious Hosts
Part III: Institutional Adaptations
Part IV: Internal Differentiation
Conclusion: A Reader among Fieldworkers Judith G. Wittner
R. Stephen Warner, Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church.
Judith G. Wittner is Associate Professor of Sociology and former Director of Women's Studies at Loyola University of Chicago.