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Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City

Religion, Immigration, and Civic Engagement in Miami

Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City by Alex Stepick
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In addition to being a religious countryùover ninety percent of Americans believe in God--the United States is also home to more immigrants than ever before. Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City focuses on the intersection of religion and civic engagement among Miami's immigrant and minority groups. The contributors examine the role of religious organizations in developing social relationships and how these relationships affect the broader civic world. Essays, for example, consider the role of leadership in the promotion and creation of "civic social capital" in a Haitian Catholic church, transnational ties between Cuban Catholics in Miami and Havana, and several African American congregations that serve as key comparisons of civic engagement among minorities.

This book is important not only for its theoretical contributions to the sociology of religion, but also because it gives us a unique glimpse into immigrants' civic and religious lives in urban America.

Rutgers University Press; April 2009
304 pages; ISBN 9780813547145
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Title: Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City
Author: Alex Stepick; Terry Rey; Sarah J. Mahler