Religion, Politics, and American Identity

Religion, Politics, and American Identity : New Directions, New Controversies

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Scholarship on the role of religion in American public life has taken on a new urgency in the increasingly contentious wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001. This volume brings together an impressive group of scholars to build on past work and broaden the scope of this crucial inquiry in two respects: by exploring aspects of the religion-politics nexus in the United States that have been neglected in the past, and by examining traditional questions concerning the religious tincture of American political discourse in provocative new ways.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 2.5mm | 1,950.47g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0739111140
  • 9780739111147

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Research on American Religion and Politics: A Survey of the Field Part 2 A Christian Nation? Religion and American Politics in the Wake of September 11 Chapter 3 Discourse Bless America: Rebuilding National Mythos after September 11 Chapter 4 The Enduring Power of the American Jeremiad Chapter 5 Stories of Sinfulness: Narrative Identity in America Part 6 Beyond Church and State: The Many Faces of American Religion and Politics Chapter 7 The Church-State Issue: Some Implications of the Latest Data Chapter 8 Religion on Main Street: Toward a New Politics of the Sacred and Secular Chapter 9 Latino Spirituality and U.S. Politics: A Communitarianism that Crosses Borders Chapter 10 Religion in the Workplace and the Problem of the First Amendment Chapter 11 Greening the Divine: The Environment and Politics in Twenty-First Century North America Chapter 12 Religion, Race, and Rhetoric: The Black Church, Religious Interest Groups, and Charitable Choice Chapter 13 Inside, Out, and In-Between: Sexual Minorities, the Christian Right, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Chapter 14 Religion, Politics, and American Identity After September 11: Reflections on Recent Scholarship
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Review quote

It is exciting to read Gutterman and Murphy's Religion, Politics, and American Identity and to appreciate the relevant and accomplished work on religion and politics these scholars have gathered together. This is a revealing and timely book. -- Robert Fowler, University of Wisconsin
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About David S. Gutterman

David S. Gutterman is assistant professor of politics at Willemette University. Andrew R. Murphy is associate professor of political science at Rutgers University.
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