Read Chapter One.
"a]it will alter - or perhaps confirm - your thinking about
'public religion' and how traditional and immigrant congregations
address (or don't) member and community needs and attitudes and
actions towardslarger social issuesa]an obvious choice for
religious andcongregational studies and urban sociology programs.
It is alsovaluable reading for any cleric or layperson interested
in howcontemporary urban religious collectives are shaped by and
help shape the lives of their own members, surrounding communities,
and the larger society."
"Rich in cultural analysis, thick description, maps,
photographs, and anecdotes, this book should be read by scholars,
policy makers, religious leaders, and anyone who wishes to better
understand one of the most exciting stories on the American urban
landscape at the turn of a new century."
"--Robert Michael Franklin, President, Interdenominational
Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia"
"This book presents the initial results of a team-based
ethnographic study aimed at understanding better the richness of
religious life in the multiplicity of communities that make up
--"Journal of Contemporary Religion"
"The highly successful result of a team-based, ethnographic
approach to understanding the diversity-racial, ethnic, cultural,
economic-of Chicago's religious communities, exploring important
questions about religion's public role in the metropolis. A must
read for those interested in the religious diversity and pluralism
of American society or contemporary urban restructuring."
"--Penny Edgell Becker, Department of Sociology, Cornell
University, and Author of Congregations inConflict"
"An interesting example of the challenge immigrants face as they
attempt to emulate established American institutions while
retaining those elements that allow them to function as cohesive
communities of ethnic and religious identity."
"--Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Professor of Islamic History, Georgetown
"Reaches across the boundaries of private faith and public
action, of traditional turf and challenging new populations, of
older generations and restless youth, of growing ethnic/religious
groups where there can be no majority, and, as yet, no consensus .
. . Uncomfortable but essential reading."
"--Carl S. Dudley, Codirector of Hartford Institute for Religion
Research and Professor of Church and Community, Hartford Seminary,
"Furnishes a rich and diverse insight into the changing American
metropolis. Unlike virtually any other book I have read, it does so
by examining how church leaders and members cope with these
changes. In the end, we get stories not merely of churches and
religious change, but of how a major social institution helps
people of diverse faiths and backgrounds survive and succeed in the
modern American metropolis."
"--Anthony M. Orum, author of City-Building in America"
American cities are in the midst of fundamental changes.
De-industrialization of large, aging cities has been enormously
disruptive for urban communities, which are being increasingly
fragmented. Though often overlooked, religious organizations are
important actors, both culturally and politically in the
Public Religion and Urban Transformation provides a sweeping
view of urban religion in response to thesetransformations. Drawing
on a massive study of over seventy-five congregations in urban
neighborhoods, this volume provides the most comprehensive picture
available of urban places of worship-from mosques and gurdwaras to
churches and synagogues-within one city.
Revisiting the primary site of research for the early members of
the Chicago School of urban sociology, the volume focuses on
Chicago, which provides an exceptionally clear lens on the ways in
which religious organizations both reflect and contribute to
changes in American pluralism.
From the churches of a Mexican American neighborhood and of the
Black middle class to communities shared by Jews, Christians,
Hindus, and Muslims and the rise of "megachurches," Public Religion
and Urban Transformation illuminates the complex interactions among
religion, urban structure, and social change at this extraordinary
episode in the history of urban America.