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This concise book provides readers with a comprehensive overview and critical assessment of the key issues and varied strands of research relating to immigration and religion that have been produced during the past two decades.

Religion, once a neglected topic in migration studies, is today seen as a crucially important aspect of the immigrant experience. For some - particularly those focusing on religion in North America - religion has been portrayed as a vital resource for many immigrants engaged in the essential identity work required in adjusting to the receiving society. For others - particularly those who have focused on Muslim immigrants in Western Europe - religion tends to be depicted as a source of conflict rather than one of comfort and consolation. 

In a judicious, engaging, and highly readable account, this book sorts through these contrasting viewpoints, pointing to an approach that will assist upper-level students and scholars alike in putting these competing analyses into perspective. 

About the Author

Peter Kivisto is Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College. He is also editor of The Sociological Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Religion on the Move
Chapter 2: Immigrant Identity Work and Religion
Chapter 3: Reframing Religious Organizations and Practices
Chapter 4: Immigrants and Transnational Religious Networks
Chapter 5: Church-State Relations and the Public Sphere
Chapter 6: Epilogue

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Kivisto, Peter
Polity Press
Sociology of Religion
congregationalism, transnationalism, immigrant, migrant, faith, belief, Islam, public sphere, church-state relations, multiculturalism
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
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210 x 150 mm

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