Public Religion and Urban Transformation: Faith in the City by Lowell LivezeyPublic Religion and Urban Transformation: Faith in the City by Lowell Livezey

Public Religion and Urban Transformation: Faith in the City

EditorLowell Livezey

Paperback | May 1, 2000

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American cities are in the midst of fundamental changes. De-industrialization of large, aging cities has been enormously disruptive for urban communities, which are being increasingly fragmented. Though often overlooked, religious organizations are important actors, both culturally and politically in the restructuring metropolis.

Public Religion and Urban Transformation provides a sweeping view of urban religion in response to these transformations. Drawing on a massive study of over seventy-five congregations in urban neighborhoods, this volume provides the most comprehensive picture available of urban places of worship-from mosques and gurdwaras to churches and synagogues-within one city.

Revisiting the primary site of research for the early members of the Chicago School of urban sociology, the volume focuses on Chicago, which provides an exceptionally clear lens on the ways in which religious organizations both reflect and contribute to changes in American pluralism.

From the churches of a Mexican American neighborhood and of the Black middle class to communities shared by Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims and the rise of "megachurches," Public Religion and Urban Transformation illuminates the complex interactions among religion, urban structure, and social change at this extraordinary episode in the history of urban America.

Title:Public Religion and Urban Transformation: Faith in the CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:NYU Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081475158X

ISBN - 13:9780814751589


From Our Editors

This interesting book examines the role of religious organizations as many cities in the United States restructure themselves. Public Religion and Urban Transformation uses information drawn from more than 75 congregations in urban neighbourhoods, focusing on Chicago. We see how urban religion reflects and contributes to changes in pluralist America.

Editorial Reviews

"An interesting example of the challenge immigrants face as they attempt to emulate established American institutions while retaining those elements that allow them to function as cohesive communities of ethnic and religious identity."

-Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad,Professor of Islamic History, Georgetown University