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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Part I: Diverse Approaches to Faith and Social Justice for Immigrants
  1. Chapter 1: Religion and a Standpoint Theory of Immigrant Social Justice
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. Chapter 2: Liberalism, Religion, and the Dilemma of Immigrant Rights in American Political Culture
  2. pp. 16-32
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  1. Part II: Religion, Civic Engagement, and Immigrant Politics
  1. Chapter 3: The Moral Minority: Race, Religion, and Conservative Politics in Asian America
  2. pp. 35-49
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  1. Chapter 4: Finding Places in the Nation: Immigrant and Indigenous Muslims in America
  2. pp. 50-58
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  1. Chapter 5: Faith-Based, Multiethnic Tenant Organizing: The Oak Park Story
  2. pp. 59-73
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  1. Chapter 6: Bringing Mexican Immigrants into American Faith-Based Social Justice and Civic Cultures
  2. pp. 74-90
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  1. Part III: Faith, Fear, and Fronteras: Challenges at the U.S.-Mexico Border
  1. Chapter 7: The Church vs. the State: Borders, Migrants, and Human Rights
  2. pp. 93-103
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  1. Chapter 8: Serving Christ in the Borderlands: Faith Workers Respond to Border Violence
  2. pp. 104-121
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  1. Chapter 9: Religious Reenactment on the Line: A Genealogy of Political Religious Hybridity
  2. pp. 122-138
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  1. Part IV: Faith-Based Nongovernmental Organizations
  1. Chapter 10: Welcoming the Stranger: Constructing an Interfaith Ethic of Refuge
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. Chapter 11: The Catholic Church’s Institutional Responses to Immigration: From Supranational to Local Engagement
  2. pp. 157-171
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  1. Part V: Theology, Redemption, and Justice
  1. Chapter 12: Beyond Ethnic and National Imagination: Toward a Catholic Theology of U.S. Immigration
  2. pp. 175-190
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  1. Chapter 13: Caodai Exile and Redemption: A New Vietnamese Religion’s Struggle for Identity
  2. pp. 191-209
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  1. References
  2. pp. 210-228
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-242
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813558257
MARC Record
OCLC
137687673
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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