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Religious Diversity and Social Change : American Cities, 1890-1906 - Kevin J. Christiano

Religious Diversity and Social Change

American Cities, 1890-1906

Paperback Published: 20th December 2007
ISBN: 9780521046701
Number Of Pages: 260

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Floods of immigration and rapid industrialization and urbanization in America at the turn of the century set in motion the transformation of many long-established institutions. This book examines specific ways in which cultural changes affected the structure of the religious establishment. Statistical models are applied to United States Census data from 1890 and 1906 on city and church populations, revealing connections between the growth of cities, the increase in literacy, and the formation of ethnic subcommunities that led to a new level of religious diversity. The author analyses evidence of growing competition among churches and of a level of individual commitment to congregations, demonstrating that the patterns of religious community established at the turn of the century provided the basis for the current denominational system. The author further analyses the relationship of religious diversity to urban secularization, as well as its role as a catalyst to sectarian conflict. In offering a quantitative assessment of issues central to the history of American religion, this book is a significant contribution to the study of religion in America.

"...a fascinating work of historical sociology." Church History

List of tables and figures
As slavery never did: American religion and the rise of the city
Numbering Israel: United States census data on religion
An infinite variety of religions: the meaning and measurement of religious diversity
A motley of peoples and cultures: urban populations and religious diversity
A new society: industrialization and religious diversity
No fast friend to policy or religion: literacy and religious diversity
Gods Bible at the Devils girdle: religious diversity and urban secularization
If the religion of Rome becomes ours: religious diversity, subcultural conflict and denominational realignment
Matters merely indifferent': religious diversity and American denominationalism
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ISBN: 9780521046701
ISBN-10: 052104670X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 20th December 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39