Religion and Social Justice For Immigrants

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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Rutgers University Press, Oct 18, 2006 - Religion - 256 pages
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Religion has jumped into the sphere of global and domestic politics in ways that few would have imagined a century ago. Some expected that religion would die as modernity flourished.  Instead, it now stares at us almost daily from the front pages of newspapers and television broadcasts. Although it is usually stories about the Christian Right or conservative Islam that grab headlines, there are many religious activists of other political persuasions that are working quietly for social justice. This book examines how religious immigrants and religious activists are working for equitable treatment for immigrants in the United States.

            The essays in this book analyze the different ways in which organized religion provides immigrants with an arena for mobilization, civic participation, and solidarity. Contributors explore topics including how non-Western religious groups such as the Vietnamese Caodai are striving for community recognition and addressing problems such as racism, economic issues, and the politics of diaspora; how interfaith groups organize religious people into immigrant civil rights activists at the U.S.–Mexican border; and how Catholic groups advocate governmental legislation and policies on behalf of refugees.

 

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Contents

Religion Civic Engagement and Immigrant Politics
33
Faith Fear and Fronteras Challenges at the USMexico Border
91
FaithBased Nongovernmental Organizations
139
Theology Redemption and Justice
173
References
210
Notes on Contributors
229
Index
231
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