Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious Communities and the New Immigration

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Stephen Warner, Judith G. Wittner
Temple University Press, 1998 M04 23 - 417 pages
"Gatherings in Diaspora" brings together the latest chapters in the long-running chronicle of religion anda immigration in the American experience. Today, as in the past, people migrating to the United States bring their religions with them, and their religious identities often mean more to them away from home, in their diaspora, than they did before.
This book explores and analyzes the diverse religious communities of post-1965 diasporas: Christians, Hews, Muslims, Hindus, Rastafarians, and practitioners of Vodou, from countries such as China, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Iran, Jamaica, Korea, and Mexico. The contributors explore how, to a greater or lesser extent, immigrants and their offspring adapt their religious institutions to American conditions, often interacting with religious communities already established. The religious institutions they build, adapt, remodel, and adopt become worlds unto themselves, congregations, where new relations are forged within the community -- between men and women, parents and children, recent arrival and those longer settled."

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Becoming American by Becoming Hindu Indian Americans Take Their Place at the Multicultural Table
From the Rivers of Babylon to the Valleys of Los Angeles The Exodus and Adaptation of Iranian Jews
Santa Eulalias People in Exile Maya Religion Culture and Identity in Los Angeles
The Madonna of 115th Street Revisited Vodou and Haitian Catholicism in the Age of Transnationalism
Born Again in East LA The Congregation as Border Space
The House That Rasta Built ChurchBuilding and Fundamentalism Among New York Rastafarians
Structural Adaptations in an Immigrant Muslim Congregation in New York
Caroling with the Keralites The Negotiation of Gendered Space in an Indian Immigrant Church
Competing for the Second Generation EnglishLanguage Ministry at a Korean Protestant Church
Tenacious Unity in a Contentious Community Cultural and Religious Dynamics in a Chinese Christian Church
A Reader Among Fieldworkers
Project Directors Acknowledgments
About the Contributors and Editors

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Page 16 - not only was he expected to retain his old religion, as he was not expected to retain his old language or nationality, but such was the shape of America that it was largely in and through religion that he, or rather his children and grandchildren, found an identifiable place in American life...
Page 16 - In the United States, religion is the social category with clearest meaning and acceptance in the host society, so the emphasis on religious affiliation and identity is one of the strategies that allows the immigrant to maintain self-identity while simultaneously acquiring community acceptance.

About the author (1998)

R. Stephan Warner, Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church.

Judith G. Wittner is Associate Professor of Sociology and former Director of Women's Studies at Loyola University of Chicago.

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