Religion and Politics in the United States

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011 - Political Science - 455 pages
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"I look forward to each new edition of this text. I have long recommended it to undergraduate and graduate students and to colleagues who want to better understand the relationship between religion and politics in the United States. Now a classic has gotten even better, with expanded coverage of religion and gender politics and the politics of sexual diversity. I recommend this highly to political scientists, sociologists, historians, and anyone interested in the myriad ways that politics and religion influence one another."---Clyde Wilcox, Georgetown University

"Wald and Calhoun-Brown's book provides the reader with an in-depth, comprehensive, and thoughtful discussion of the saliency of religion in American politics. While the text is about religion and politics within the United States, insightful dialogue of the centrality and complexity of religious activism in Western liberal cultures provides the reader with a useful comparative framework."---Ronald E. Brown, Wayne State University

"Long the standard by which other volumes on religion and politics are measured, this new edition continues to provide not only up-to-date coverage but an excellent breadth and depth of such coverage as well."---Corwin Smidt, Calvin College

This sixth edition of Religion and Politics in the United States offers a comprehensive account of the role of religious ideas, institutions, and communities in American life. Through a detailed review of the political attitudes and behavior of major religious and minority faith traditions, the book establishes that religion continues to be a major part of the American cultural and political milieu while explaining that it must interact with many other factors to influence political outcomes in the United States. This edition also reviews the role of religion in the 2008 election and includes fully up-to-date coverage of how religion informs the civil rights struggles of women and gay Americans.

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About the author (2011)

Kenneth D. Wald is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is co-editor of the Cambridge University Press Series, 'Religion, Politics, and Social Theory,' and a member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Allison Calhoun-Brown is associate professor of political science at Georgia State University. Her research and teaching interests include public opinion, religion and politics, and African American politics. She is a past chair of the Religion and Politics section of the American Political Science Association and has published her research in journals such as American Politics Quarterly, The Journal of Politics, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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