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Religion as Social Capital
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While Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone (2000) highlighted the notion of volunteerism, little attention has been paid to religion's role in generating social capital - an ironic omission since religion constitutes the most common form of voluntary association in America today. Featuring essays by prominent social scientists, this is the first book-length systematic examination of the relationship between religion and social capital and what effects religious social capital has on democratic life in the United States.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. Bowling Alone But Serving Together: The Congregational Norm of Community Involvement
  2. pp. 19-31
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  1. 3. Religious Social Capital: Its Nature, Social Location, and Limits
  2. pp. 33-47
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  1. 4. Faith and Leadership in the Inner City: How Social Capital Contributes to Democratic Renewal
  2. pp. 49-68
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  1. 5. Does Religion Matter? Projecting Democratic Power into the Public Arena
  2. pp. 69-86
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  1. 6. Religion and Volunteering in America
  2. pp. 87-106
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  1. 7. The Religious Basis of Charitable Giving in America: A Social Capital Perspective
  2. pp. 107-120
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  1. 8. Ties That Bind and Flourish: Religion as Social Capital in African-American Politics and Society
  2. pp. 121-137
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  1. 9. Social Capital and Societal Vision: A Study of Six Farm Communities in Iowa
  2. pp. 139-152
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  1. 10. Religious Involvement, Social Capital, and Political Engagement: A Comparison of the United States and Canada
  2. pp. 153-169
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  1. 11. The Language of God in the City of Man: Religious Discourse and Public Politics in America
  2. pp. 171-189
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  1. 12. Can Religion Revitalize Civil Society? An Institutional Perspective
  2. pp. 191-209
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  1. 13. Religion, Social Capital, and Democratic Life: Concluding Thoughts
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. References
  2. pp. 239-254
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 255-257
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-266
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