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Religion and Immigration. Migrant Faiths in North America and Western Europe. Edition No. 1. Immigration and Society

  • ID: 5224552
  • Book
  • September 2014
  • Region: North America, Europe
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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. 

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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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Peter Kivisto  Augustana College.
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