Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City: Religion, Immigration, and Civic Engagement in Miami

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Alex Stepick, Terry Rey, Sarah J. Mahler
Rutgers University Press, 2009 - Religion - 285 pages
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In addition to being a religious country over 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.

 

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Contents

Religion Immigration and Civic Engagement
1
I
39
So Close and Yet So Far Away Comparing Civic Social Capital in Two Cuban Congregations
41
Refugee Catholicism in Little Haiti Miamis Notre Dame dHaiti Catholic Church
72
Politics and Prayer in West Perrine Civic Engagement in the Black Church
92
II
117
Unidos en la Fe Transnational Civic Social Engagement between Two Cuban Catholic Parishes
119
La Catedral del Exilio A Nicaraguan Congregation in a Cuban Church
132
Youth and Charity in a Sweetwater Parish Our Lady of Divine Providence Church
171
Faith in the Fields Mexican Marianism in MiamiDade County
190
The Struggle for Civic Social Capital in West Indian Churches
208
Religious Practice and Civic Social Capital among Miami Youth
231
Conclusions Religious Leadership and Civic Social Capital
250
Contributors
273
Index
277
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Black Churches and the Environment in Miami
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ALEX STEPICK is A professor of anthropology and sociology at Florida International University.

TERRY REY is an associate professor and chair of religion at Temple University.

SARAH J. MAHLER† is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology and the director of the Center for Transnational and Comparative Studies at Florida International University.

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