Synopses & Reviews
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-254) and index.
While Robert Putnam'sBowling Alone(2000) highlighted the notion of volunteerism, little attention has been paid to religion's role in generating social capital - an ironic omission since religion constitutes the most common form of voluntary association in America today. Featuring essays by prominent social scientists, this is the first book-length systematic examination of the relationship between religion and social capital and what effects religious social capital has on democratic life in the United States.
Table of Contents
Bowling alone but serving together: the congregational norm of community involvement / Ram A. Cnaan, Stephanie C. Boddie, and Gaynor I. Yancey -- Religious social capital: its nature, social location, and limits / John A. Coleman -- Faith and leadership in the inner city: how social capital contributes to democratic renewal / Mark A. Warren -- Does religion matter? projecting democratic power into the public arena / Richard L. Wood -- Religion and volunteering in America / David E. Campbell and Steven J. Yonish -- The religious basis of charitable giving in America: a social capital perspective / Roger J. Nemeth and Donald A. Luidens -- Ties that bind and flourish: religion as social capital in African-American politics and society / Fredrick Harris -- Social capital and societal vision: a study of six farm communities in Iowa / Janel Curry -- Religious involvement, social capital, and political engagement: a comparison of the United States and Canada / Corwin Smith ... et al. -- The language of God in the city of man: religious discourse and public politics in America / Rhys H. Williams -- Can religion revitalize civil society? an institutional perspective / Robert Wuthnow -- Religion, social capital, and democratic life: concluding thoughts / Corwin Smidt.