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Elusive Togetherness: Church Groups Trying to Bridge America's Divisions (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology)

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Many scholars and citizens alike have counted on civic groups to create broad ties that bind society. Some hope that faith-based civic groups will spread their reach as government retreats. Yet few studies ask how, if at all, civic groups reach out to their wider community. Can religious groups--long central in civic America--create broad, empowering social ties in an unequal, diverse society?

Over three years, Paul Lichterman studied nine liberal and conservative Protestant-based volunteering and advocacy projects in a mid-sized American city. He listened as these groups tried to create bridges with other community groups, social service agencies, and low-income people, just as the 1996 welfare reforms were taking effect. Counter to long-standing arguments, Lichterman discovered that powerful customs of interaction inside the groups often stunted external ties and even shaped religion's impact on the groups. Comparing groups, he found that successful bridges outward depend on group customs which invite reflective, critical discussion about a group's place amid surrounding groups and institutions.

Combining insights from Alexis de Tocqueville, John Dewey, and Jane Addams with contemporary sociology, Elusive Togetherness addresses enduring questions about civic and religious life that elude the popular "social capital" concept. To create broad civic relationships, groups need more than the right religious values, political beliefs, or resources. They must learn new ways of being groups.

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"As he has in his previous work, Paul Lichterman combines an acute sensitivity to theoretical issues with exceptionally rich ethnographic research to shed new light on what it means for groups to play a responsible and representative role in their communities. This will be the gold standard against which other studies of religion and community engagement are measured."--Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University, author of Saving America?

Synopsis:

Many scholars and citizens alike have counted on civic groups to create broad ties that bind society. Some hope that faith-based civic groups will spread their reach as government retreats. Yet few studies ask how, if at all, civic groups reach out to their wider community. Can religious groups--long central in civic America--create broad, empowering social ties in an unequal, diverse society?

Over three years, Paul Lichterman studied nine liberal and conservative Protestant-based volunteering and advocacy projects in a mid-sized American city. He listened as these groups tried to create bridges with other community groups, social service agencies, and low-income people, just as the 1996 welfare reforms were taking effect. Counter to long-standing arguments, Lichterman discovered that powerful customs of interaction inside the groups often stunted external ties and even shaped religion's impact on the groups. Comparing groups, he found that successful bridges outward depend on group customs which invite reflective, critical discussion about a group's place amid surrounding groups and institutions.

Combining insights from Alexis de Tocqueville, John Dewey, and Jane Addams with contemporary sociology, Elusive Togetherness addresses enduring questions about civic and religious life that elude the popular "social capital" concept. To create broad civic relationships, groups need more than the right religious values, political beliefs, or resources. They must learn new ways of being groups.

About the Author

Paul Lichterman has been Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is now Associate Professor of Sociology and Religion at the University of Southern California. He is the author of "The Search for Political Community: American Activists Reinventing Commitment".

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

CHAPTER ONE: In Search of the Social Spiral 7

CHAPTER TWO: Studying the Social Spiral 42

CHAPTER THREE: Networkers and Volunteers Reaching Out 60

CHAPTER FOUR: Crying Out: Social Critics 99

CHAPTER FIVE: Christ-like Care: Social Servants 133

CHAPTER SIX: A Social Spiral Winds Outward: Partners 171

CHAPTER SEVEN: Doing Things with Religion in Local Civic Life 216

CHAPTER EIGHT: Doing Things Together: Lessons from Religious Community Service Groups 247

APPENDIX I: Theory and Evidence in a Study of Religious Community

Service Groups 264

APPENDIX II: Studying Customs 274

Notes 281

References 303

Index 325

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691096513
Editor:
Lamont, Michele
Editor:
Lamont, Michele
Editor:
Lamont, Michele
Editor:
Wuthnow, Robert
Author:
Lichterman, Paul
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Small groups
Subject:
Voluntarism
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Small groups -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Religion and social problems - United States
Subject:
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology
Publication Date:
July 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 tables.
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "As he has in his previous work, Paul Lichterman combines an acute sensitivity to theoretical issues with exceptionally rich ethnographic research to shed new light on what it means for groups to play a responsible and representative role in their communities. This will be the gold standard against which other studies of religion and community engagement are measured."--Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University, author of Saving America?
"Synopsis" by , Many scholars and citizens alike have counted on civic groups to create broad ties that bind society. Some hope that faith-based civic groups will spread their reach as government retreats. Yet few studies ask how, if at all, civic groups reach out to their wider community. Can religious groups--long central in civic America--create broad, empowering social ties in an unequal, diverse society?

Over three years, Paul Lichterman studied nine liberal and conservative Protestant-based volunteering and advocacy projects in a mid-sized American city. He listened as these groups tried to create bridges with other community groups, social service agencies, and low-income people, just as the 1996 welfare reforms were taking effect. Counter to long-standing arguments, Lichterman discovered that powerful customs of interaction inside the groups often stunted external ties and even shaped religion's impact on the groups. Comparing groups, he found that successful bridges outward depend on group customs which invite reflective, critical discussion about a group's place amid surrounding groups and institutions.

Combining insights from Alexis de Tocqueville, John Dewey, and Jane Addams with contemporary sociology, Elusive Togetherness addresses enduring questions about civic and religious life that elude the popular "social capital" concept. To create broad civic relationships, groups need more than the right religious values, political beliefs, or resources. They must learn new ways of being groups.

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