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Pages: 470
Size: 6 1/2 x 9 3/4
By Kenneth D. Wald and Allison Calhoun-Brown
 
Political Science | American Government / General
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Religion and Politics in the United States, Sixth Edition, offers a comprehensive account of the role of religious ideas, institutions and communities in American life. This book examines the ways religion can both compel and constrain involvement in politics and policy. What facilitates political participation? What impedes it? What are the limits of religious mobilization and involvement? Are there benefits? Are there dangers? Religion and Politics in the United States addresses these questions by exploring how religion has influenced the structure of American government and law as well as how religious perspectives inform contemporary political issues including topics such as equal rights for women and gays. The book also explores the ways that religion has affected the orientation of partisan politics in the United States. Through a detailed review of the political attitudes and behaviors 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 impact political outcomes in the United States. The sixth edition reviews the role of religion in the 2008 election and includes coverage of how religion informs the civil rights struggles of women and gay Americans.
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.
Chapter 1 A Secular Society
Chapter 2 Religion in the American Context
Chapter 3 Religion and American Political Culture
Chapter 4 Religion and the State
Chapter 5 Mobilizing Religious Interests
Chapter 6 Religion and Political Action
Chapter 7 Religion and Public Opinion
Chapter 8 The Political Mobilization of Evangelical Protestants
Chapter 9 Continuity and Change in the Religious Center: Catholics, Mainline Protestants, and Jews
Chapter 10 Religion and the Politics of Ethnic and Religious Minorities
Chapter 11 The Other Minorities: Women and Gay People
Chapter 12 Religion and American Political Life
13 References
14 Index
15 About the Authors
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, Professor of Government, Georgetown University


Praise for the Fifth Edition: Religion and Politics in the United States is among the premier texts on the subject, expanded and improved in this edition. Clear and comprehensive, I can think of no better introduction to the place, promises, and perils of faith in the American political process....
John C. Green, University of Akron


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 E. Smidt; Calvin College


Praise for the Fifth Edition: Kenneth D. Wald and Allison Calhoun-Brown have updated and extended one of the leading texts in religion and politics. This timely new volume uncovers one of the most important yet understudied phenomena in American life: how citizens' religious beliefs and institutions both promote and constrain their involvement in politics. As religion emerges at the center of debates in American politics, now more than ever this volume is critical to students as they attempt to unravel the complexity of religion as both a diversionary and liberating force in the body politic...
Fredrick Harris, Columbia University


New to this edition:

—Sixth edition reviews role of religion in 2008 election campaign

—Includes discussion of religious dimensions of the presidential political campaigns of Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, John McCain, Sarah Palin and others

—Updated coverage of how religion informs the civil rights struggles of women and gay Americans

—Detailed examination of the persistence of religion in the United States

—Examination of the role of religion at the time ofthe Founding and the construction of the American state

—Coverage of the political activities and engagement of all major religious traditions not just the religious right

—Chapter devoted to religion, gender and sexual minorities

—Chapter devoted tothe politics of religious minorities including Muslims, Latter-Day Saints, African Americans and Latino Americans

 
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