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Religion and Politics in America

Religion and Politics in America

Faith, Culture and Strategic Choices

Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. Religion and Politics in America offers an engaging, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. It explores the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that motivate religious political engagement and assesses the pragmatic and strategic political realities that religious organizations and people face. Incorporating the best and most current scholarship, the authors examine the politics of Roman Catholics; evangelical, mainline, and African American Protestants; Jews; Muslims; religious “nones” and other conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements.

The sixth edition has been thoroughly revised to include coverage of the 2016 election; an assessment of the role of religion in Obama’s second term; and an updated and expanded look at religion and its relationship to gender and sexuality, race/ethnicity, and class. The new edition also foregrounds the theories of religion, culture and politics to better contextualize the book’s discussions. In-depth coverage of core topics, contemporary examples, useful feature boxes, and new discussion questions provide students with a real understanding of the interplay between religion and politics and culture.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / American Government

On Sale: July 24th 2018

Price: $29.99

Page Count: 360

ISBN-13: 9780813350837

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Praise for Prior Editions

“This thoughtful new edition closely tracks the current salience of religion to the political system, while carefully placing these developments in historical and theoretical context. It will promote discussion of the key issues in the field in both introductory and upper level courses—a real achievement.” —Paul A. Djupe, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Denison University

“Carefully re-organized and updated, the new edition builds on the impressive 2nd edition. Fresh insights abound in this accessible text.” —Clarke E. Cochran, Texas Tech University

“Religion and Politics in America is an invaluable primer on this increasing important topic. Well-written, well-researched and up-to-date, it combines a broad vision of the role of faith in American public life with sensitivity to the nuances of religious communities.” —John Green, Director, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron

“This outstanding book is must reading for anyone interested in religion and politics in the United States. The authors provide a current, comprehensive, and accessible examination of an exceedingly important subject.” —James M. Penning, Professor of Political Science, Calvin College
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