Korean American Evangelicals New Models for Civic Life by Elaine Howard EcklundKorean American Evangelicals New Models for Civic Life by Elaine Howard Ecklund

Korean American Evangelicals New Models for Civic Life

byElaine Howard Ecklund

Paperback | October 29, 2008

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Studies of religion among our nation's newest immigrants largely focus on how religion serves the immigrant community -- for example by creating job networks and helping retain ethnic identity in the second generation. In this book Ecklund widens the inquiry to look at how Korean Americans usereligion to negotiate civic responsibility, as well as to create racial and ethnic identity. She compares the views and activities of second generation Korean Americans in two different congregational settings, one ethnically Korean and the other multi-ethnic. She also conducted more than 100in-depth interviews with Korean American members of these and seven other churches around the country, and draws extensively on the secondary literature on immigrant religion, American civic life, and Korean American religion. Her book is a unique contribution to the literature on religion, race,and ethnicity and on immigration and civic life.
Elaine Howard Ecklund is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life at Rice University.
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Title:Korean American Evangelicals New Models for Civic LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019537259X

ISBN - 13:9780195372595

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Table of Contents

1. Religion and Civic Life for Korean Americans2. A Theoretical Interlude: Connecting Institutions and Identities3. Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Two Churches4. Models of Civic Responsibility5. Civic Identities6. Civic Models and Community Service7. Evangelicalism and Politics for Korean Americans8. Implications for Institutional ChangeAppendix A: Data and MethodsAppendix B: Interview and Survey GuidesEndnotesBibliography

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"As the first book on both second-generation Korean evangelicals and civic participation among the post-1965 immigrant groups, it makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on the new immigrants and their religions. Written in engaging style, it should serve as an ideal readerfor classes dealing with Asian American and new immigrant religious experiences." --Pyong Gap Min, author of Caught in the Middle: Korean Communities in New York and Los Angeles