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  • Religious culture and immigrant civic participation.
    Martinez, Juan R. (2017)
    In Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams (eds.) Religion and Progressive Activism. New Stories about Faith and Politics. New York: New York University Press, pp. 205-224.

    Based on 2006-11 participant observation in a Midwest U.S.A. city; religion provided a cultural resource for pro-immigrant mobilization.

    Associated Search Terms: Civic engagement; Culture; Migrant; Participant observation; Social movement
  • Activist etiquette in the multicultural immigrant rights movement.
    Diaz-Edelman, Mia (2017)
    In Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams (eds.) Religion and Progressive Activism. New Stories about Faith and Politics. New York: New York University Press, pp. 138-160.

    Based on 2006-08 participant observation & interviews in San Diego County with participants in the immigrant rights movement. A group style or "multicultural activist etiquette" helped keep the movement together.

    Associated Search Terms: Etiquette; United States, California, San Diego; Social movement; Participant observation; Migrant; Activists; Diversity
  • Compliance or negotiation? Diyanet's female preachers and the diffusion of a "true" religion in Turkey.
    Maritato, Chiara (2017)
    Social Compass 64:4: 530-545.

    Female preachers in Istanbul Mosques, employed & thus somewhat controlled by the state, navigate daily between compliance with state standards and popular interpretations. Based on 2013-2014 participant observation.

    Associated Search Terms: Popular religion; Social control; Participant observation; Preaching; Islam, Turkey; Turkey, Istanbul; State; Women
  • Ethnic church meets megachurch: Indian american Christianity in motion.
    Kurien, Prema A. (2017)
    New York: New York University Press.

    Based on interviews & participant observation in India & U.S.A. The Mar Thoma church from Kerala, India, loses its ethnic uniqueness in the 2nd generation in the U.S.A., which becomes more American Evangelical. Caste background, current class differences, & generation affect gender stances in the church.

    Associated Search Terms: Ethnic; Family; Gender role; Caste; Mar Thoma, U.S.A.; Class; Generations; India, Kerala; Migrant; Socialization; Transnational; Indian Americans; Participant observation; Mar Thoma, India
  • Getting to church. Exploring Narratives of Gender and Joining.
    Gallagher, Sally K. (2017)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    Based on interviews, focus groups, & participant observation with 3 congregations (Presbyterian, Baptist, Orthodox) in the US Northwest. Describes how people join each congregation and gendered differences in what new members resonated with. Congregational cultures mattered.

    Associated Search Terms: Baptist, U.S.A.; Congregation; Focus group; Gender; Orthodox, eastern, U.S.A.; Participant observation; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Socialization
  • "You can vote with your feet if you want". Users' Responses to Religious Services in the Context of Food Charity in a Finnish City.
    Salonen, Anna Sofia (2016)
    Social Compass 63:1: 109-124.

    Based on participant observation in food assistance organizations in Tampere, Finland. Patrons did not criticize the religious services that came with the food.

    Associated Search Terms: Finland, Tampere; Charities; Social services; Participant observation
  • Prophets of resistance: Social justice activists contesting comfortable church culture.
    Delehanty, John D. (2016)
    Sociology of Religion 77:1: 37-58.

    Based on 2014-15 participant observation in a Christian-only community organizing coalition. Individualist "comfortable" church culture hinders organizing around issues of social justice, limiting activism to charitable works.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Activism; Community organization; Culture; Individualism; Social justice; Justice
  • Bridging alone: Religious conservatism, marital homogamy, and voluntary association membership.
    Kim, Young-Il (2016)
    Review of Religious Research 58:1: 47-73.

    Analyzes 1992-94 (2nd wave) National (U.S.A.) Survey of families and Households data. Conservative religious homogamy, paired with belief in biblical authority & inerrancy, increases membership in religious groups & reduces wives' membership in secular organizations.

    Associated Search Terms: Civic engagement; Social participation; Marriage; Conservative, U.S.A.
  • From socialization to individualization: A new challenge for Portuguese religiosity.
    Roussou, Eugenia (2015)
    Italian Journal of Sociology of Education 7:3: 89-112.

    Associated Search Terms: Socialization; Individualism; Spirituality; Portugal; Participant observation
  • Prayer as a tool in Swedish Pentecostalism.
    Mahieddin, Emir (2015)
    In Giuseppe Giordan and Linda Woodhead (eds.) A Sociology of Prayer. Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 81-96.

    Based on participant observation of Pentecostals in a pietistic part of Sweden; focuses on changes in prayer. Physical charismatic manifestations, glossolalia, prophecy, & healing are now reserved for private prayer groups, not Sunday services. Studies the case of Swedish Pentecostals creating an orphanage in Romania.

    Associated Search Terms: Social services; Prayer; Participant observation; Glossolalia; Pentecostal, Sweden; Sweden, Jönköping; Prayer group
  • God's Gangs: Barrio Ministry, Masculinity, and Gang Recovery.
    Orozco Flores, Edward (2014)
    New York: New York University Press.

    Studies 2 ministries (one Catholic, one Pentecostal) that facilitates the transition of Latino men from gang to socially integrated life patterns.

    Associated Search Terms: Gender role; Participant observation; United States, California, Los Angeles; Gang; Deviance/social control
  • Encounters at the religious edge: Variation in religious expression across interfaith advocacy and social movement settings.
    Yukich, Grace, and Ruth Braunstein (2014)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53:4: 791-807.

    Based on interviews with religious lobbyists & other religious advocates in the U.S., & participant observation & interviews with the New Sanctuary Movement, an immigrant rights group. Settings ("boundaries" & "edges") affected religious expressions.

    Associated Search Terms: Activists; Participant observation; Pluralism; Politics, U.S.A.; Social movement; New Sanctuary Movement
  • Atheist Awakening: Secular Activism & Community in America.
    Cimino, Richard, and Christopher Smith (2014)
    New York: Oxford University Press

    Based on participant observation in atheist meetings & events, on interviews, surveys, & content analyses of literature & websites. Awakened atheism & religious activism dialectically need each other.

    Associated Search Terms: Social movement; Secular humanism; Atheist, U.S.A.; Ritual; Participant observation; Minority; Media; Internet; Identity; Schism; Dialectic; Content analysis
  • The longevity effects of religious and nonreligious participation: A meta-analysis and meta-regression.
    Shor, Eran, and David J. Roelfs (2013)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:1: 120-145.

    Finds the reduction of mortality due to religious participation does not differ from that from other kinds of social participation.

    Associated Search Terms: Mortality; Practice; Social participation
  • Bonding alone: Familism, religion, and secular civic participation.
    Kim, Young-Il, and W. Bradford Wilcox (2013)
    Social Science Research 42;1: 31-45.

    Associated Search Terms: Civic engagement; Familism; Family; Social participation
  • Faith in the age of Facebook: Exploring the links between religion and social network site membership and use.
    Miller, Brian J., Peter Mundey, and Jonathan P. Hill (2013)
    Sociology of Religion 74:2: 227-253.

    Analyzes wave 3 telephone interview data from the National Survey on Youth and Religion (U.S.A.). Independent of the prosocial & organizational effects of religion, Catholics & Evangelical Protestants were more likely to be social network site members; Bible reading & altruistic activities inversely predicted the latter.

    Associated Search Terms: Internet; Social participation; Civic engagement; Young adults
  • The rebirth of Catholic collective action in Central America: A new model of church-based political participation.
    Keogh, Stacy, and Richard L. Wood (2013)
    Social Compass 60:2: 273-291.

    Based on 2004-09 field work with Comunidades de Fe para la Acci?n, a community organizing entity related to the U.S.-based PICO.

    Associated Search Terms: Social movement; Resource mobilization; Catholic, Central America; Activism; Community organization; El Salvador; Guatemala; Participant observation
  • Religion and social participation in Postcommunist Europe.
    Voicu, M?lina, and Claudiu Tufi? (2013)
    In Joep de Hart, Paul Dekker, and Loek Halman (eds.) Religion and Civil Society in Europe. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 203-217.

    Analyzes 2008 European Values Study data from 21 postcommunist European nations. Church attendance predicts voluntary organization membership in low religiosity contexts, negatively predicts it in high religiosity contexts. membership in voluntary organizations is higher in Catholic countries but higher by individual Protestants.

    Associated Search Terms: Civic engagement; Social participation; Practice; Protestant, Europe; Contextual effects; Catholic, Europe
  • Motivating civic engagement: In-group versus out-group service orientations among Mexican Americans in religious and nonreligious organizations.
    Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Celina Davila, Michael O. Emerson, Samuel Kye, and Esther Chan (2013)
    Sociology of Religion 73:3: 370-391.

    Compares religious & ethnic civic organizations; the latter have more bridging capital. Based on 2008-09 interviews and participant observation in Houston. The religious organizations were parishes.

    Associated Search Terms: Civic engagement; Mexican Americans; Migrant; Participant observation; Social capital; United States, Texas, Houston
  • The Spirit's Tether. Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics.
    Konieczny, Mary Ellen (2013)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    Based on 2000-02 field work in 2 Midwest U.S.A. Catholic parishes, one liberal & one conservative. Models of church are transposed into family life. Traditionalists rejected the modernized Church of their childhood while progressives accepted pre-conciliar religious commitment but not its cultural trappings.

    Associated Search Terms: Justice; Birth control; Authority; Ritual; Abortion; Participant observation; Marriage; Moral; Conservative/liberal; Comparative; Catholic, U.S.A.; Family; Parish; Habitus; Life histories; Traditionalism; Socialization; Work; Women
  • Religion in public action. From actors to settings.
    Lichterman, Paul (2012)
    Sociological Theory 30:1: 15-36.

    Ethnographies of a faith-based homeless advocacy organization & an activist campaign for housing show the development of social capital rather than the addition of religious persons or entities to be instrumental in social change.

    Associated Search Terms: Dramaturgy; Homeless; Participant observation; Social capital; Symbolic interactionism; Activism
  • I'll think of something: Improvisation in small church service programs.
    Kapp, Deborah J. (2012)
    Review of Religious Research 54:2: 197-215.

    Based on field work in 2 feeding programs in Chicago, in which improvisation by staff was found to be important.

    Associated Search Terms: Improvisation; Leadership; Participant observation; Social services; United States, Illinois, Chicago
  • Civic engagement measured in square metres. Church and civil society in a Dutch suburb.
    van der Meulen, Marten (2012)
    Social Compass 59:4: 552-569.

    Based on 2002-05 field work inLeidsche Rijn, a suburb of Utrecht. Social capital in congregations both furthers & limits civic engagement.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Social capital; Netherlands, Utrecht; Civic engagement
  • Lo studio dei movimenti ecclesiali recenti: Problemi di metodo.
    Alnet, Virginie (2011)
    In Virginie Alnet et al., La dimensione religiosa: problemi di metodo. Quaderno 56. Trento: Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, pp. 17-24.

    Considers methodological difficulties in studying movements within Catholicism.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Social movement; Methodology; Catholic
  • Assessing the Role of Religious Beliefs on Secular and Spiritual Behaviors.
    Driskell, Robyn L., and Larry Lyon (2011)
    Review of Religious Research 52:4: 386-404.

    Based on the 2005 wave of the Baylor Religion Survey; shows importance of beliefs on secular & religious behavior.

    Associated Search Terms: Social participation; United States; Belief; New age
  • La communauté de Sant'Egidio. Sociologie d'un "nouveau joueur" dans l'espace politique et religieux international: enjeux et choix méthodologiques.
    Balas, Marie (2011)
    In Virginie Alnet et al., La dimensione religiosa: problemi di metodo. Quaderno 56. Trento: Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, pp. 25-35.

    The Sant'Egidio movement uses intimacy & privacy to achieve its ends, but these qualities make it difficult to study.

    Associated Search Terms: San Egidio; Methodology; Catholic; Participant observation; Social movement; Peace
  • Faith-based Social Services: Saving the Body or the Soul? A Research Note.
    Sager, Rebecca (2011)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50:1: 201-210.

    Participant observation & interviews with homeless clients suggest the latter do not share the spiritual goals of the faith-based service providers.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Social services; United States, Arizona, Tucson
  • Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful is Changing the Church.
    Bruce, Tricia Colleen (2011)
    New York: Oxford University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Participant observation; Voice of the Faithful; Social movement
  • Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches.
    Elisha, Omri (2011)
    Berkeley: University of California Press.

    Based on ethnographic field work in Knoxville, Tennessee. Portrays obstacles impeding involvement of Evangelical Megachurches in social services & outreach to the poor.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical, U.S.A.; Megachurch; Participant observation; Social services; United States, Tennessee, Knoxville; Charities; Conservative, U.S.A.; Activism
  • Comparing Practical Theology across Religions and Denominations.
    Schneider, Jo Anne, and Patricia Wittberg, with Heidi Unruh, Jill Sinha, and John Belcher (2011)
    Review of Religious Research 52:4: 405-426.

    Based on key informant interviews & participation, concerning the conduct of social services.

    Associated Search Terms: Liberal Protestant, U.S.A..; African Americans; Social services; Quaker, U.S.A.; Polity; Comparative; Jewish, U.S.A.; Catholic, U.S.A.; Stewardship; Participant observation
  • National religious context and volunteering: More rigorous tests supporting the association.
    Ruiter, Stijn, and Nan Dirk de Graaf (2010)
    American Sociological Review 75: 179-184.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice; Social participation; Levels of inclusiveness; Volunteering
  • Laughing Saints and Religious Heroes: Emotional Rhythms in Social Movement Groups.
    Summers-Effler, Erika (2010)
    Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic Worker; Participant observation; Social movement
  • Política y religion en los márgenes. Nuevas formas de participación social de las mega-iglesias evangélicas en la Argentina.
    Algranti, Joaquín (2010)
    Buenos Aires: Ediciones Ciccus.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical, Argentina; Megachurch; Social participation; Politics, Argentina; Argentina
  • How Religion Circulates in America's Local Public Square.
    Lichterman, Paul (2009)
    In Paul Lichterman and C. Brady Potts (eds.) The Civic Life of American Religion. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, pp. 100-122.

    Ethnography of 2 settings where religion suppressed religious discourse; one group rejected religious discourse as not really religious, the other avoided 'politics.'

    Associated Search Terms: Discourse; Participant observation; Social services; Civil society
  • The Political Influence of Churches.
    Djupe, Paul A., and Christopher P. Gilbert (2009)
    New York: Cambridge University Press.

    1998/2004 questionnarie data from clergy, '99 from their congregation members; congregations & small groups affect political beliefs.

    Associated Search Terms: Clergy role; Social capital; Abortion; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Social participation; Civic skills; Episcopal; Environmentalism; Politics, U.S.A.; Group; Parish; Homosexuality; Network
  • La catedral del exilio. A Nicaraguan Congregation in a Cuban Church.
    Pino-Allen, Isabel del (2009)
    In Alex Stepick, Terry Rey, and Sarah J. Mahler (eds.) Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City. Religion, Immigration, and Civic Engagement in Miami. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 132-150.

    Anti-Castro sentiment bonded otherwise diverse Cuban exiles, even wealthier ones no longer living in the parish. With the coming of Central Americans, the bonding social capital is challenged.

    Associated Search Terms: Cuban Americans; Parish; Participant observation; Social capital; Migrant; Succession (urban ecology); Urban; United States, Florida, Miami; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • So Close and Yet So Far Away. Comparing Civic Social Capital in Two Cuban Congregations.
    Mahler, Sarah J. (2009)
    In Alex Stepick, Terry Rey, and Sarah J. Mahler (eds.) Churches and Charity in the Immigrant City. Religion, Immigration, and Civic Engagement in Miami. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 41-71.

    Compares a Seventh-day Adventist & a Nazarene congregation in the Miami, Florida, area, one exemplifying bridging capital & the other bonding capital. Emphasis is placed on the responsiveness of congregants in enabling pastors' charisma.

    Associated Search Terms: Social capital; United States, Florida, Miami; Seventh-day Adventist, U.S.A.; Participant observation; Parish; Nazarene, U.S.A.; Charisma; Congregation; Civic engagement; Cuban Americans; Activism
  • Religion and Civic Engagement among America's Youth.
    Gibson, Troy (2008)
    Social Science Journal 45:3: 504-514.

    Associated Search Terms: Social participation; Youth; United States
  • Examining the "Spill-over" Effect of Religiosity on Civic Involvement and Efficacy.
    Smith, H. Lovell, and Mark Peyrot (2008)
    Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 19: 143-162.

    Analyzes 1987 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data; religiosity is related to faith-based civic activity, but not other kinds. There is, however, a spill-over effect from invovlement in religious organizations to secular ones.

    Associated Search Terms: United States; Social participation; Cultural capital
  • Religiosité et insertion sociale chez les jeunes “disengages”.
    Vultur, Mircea, and Eve Paquette (2008)
    In François Gauthier and Jean-Philippe Perreault (eds.) Jeunes et religion au Québec. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, pp. 73-84.

    Associated Search Terms: Social participation; Canada, Quebec; Youth; Work
  • Attendance at religious meetings and community involvement.
    Theodori, Gene L., and Chyrel A. Mayfield (2008)
    Southern Rural Sociology 23:1: 266-276.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Texas; Civic engagement; Practice; Social participation; Rural
  • Understanding an Outlier: How Parish Culture Matters in a Highly Participatory Catholic Church.
    DiSalvo, Katherine (2008)
    Review of Religious Research 49:4: 438-455.

    Based on ethnographic data from an activist Latino Catholic parish in New York City; parish culture, as opposed to denomination, leads to activism & civic participation.

    Associated Search Terms: Latino Americans; United States, New York, New York; Participant observation; Activism; Catholic, U.S.A.; Social participation; Parish
  • Sacred Assemblies and Civic Engagement: How Religion Matters for America's Newest Immigrants.
    Kniss, Fred, and Paul D. Numrich (2007)
    New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

    Associated Search Terms: Migrant; Civic skills; Social participation; United States, Illinois, Chicago
  • A Place on the Map: Communicating Religious Presence in Civic Life.
    Lichterman, Paul (2007)
    In Nancy T. Ammerman (ed.) Everyday Religion. Observing Modern Religious Lives. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 137-151.

    Based on participant observation in a Midwest U.S. city; examines discourse used to signal the religious motives behind a local community development & social services effort.

    Associated Search Terms: Participant observation; Discourse; Urban; Community development; Social services
  • From Pews to Participation: The Effect of Congregation Activity and Context on Bridge Civic Engagement.
    Beyerlein, Kraig, and John R. Hipp (2006)
    Social Problems 53:1: 97-117.

    Associated Search Terms: Social participation; Civic skills; Social capital
  • Religion and Civic Culture: A Cross-National Study of Voluntary Association Membership.
    Lam, Pui-Yan (2006)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45:2: 177-193.

    Internationally, Catholicism is related inversely to membership in associations.

    Associated Search Terms: Protestant; Catholic; Secularization; Social participation
  • National context, religiosity, and volunteering: Results from 53 countries.
    Ruiter, Stijn, and Nan Dirk de Graaf (2006)
    American Sociological Review 71:2: 191-210.

    Uses international survey data sets; contextual religiosity &, especially absent that, individual practice predicts volunteering levels in secular activities. Comment by Van der Meer, Te Grotenhuis, & Pelzer 75:1 (2010): 173-17; reply by Ruiter & De Graaf 75:1 (2010) 179-184.

    Associated Search Terms: Volunteering; Social participation; Levels of inclusiveness; Practice
  • Contested Accommodation in the Meso Level. Discourse Adaptation within Catholic Charities' Immigration and Refugee Services.
    Bruce, Tricia Colleen (2006)
    American Behavioral Scientist 49:11: 1484-1508.

    Catholic Charities of Los Angeles accommodated the social service context in its discourse.

    Associated Search Terms: Accommodation; Social services; United States, California, Los Angeles; Participant observation; Migration; Catholic, U.S.A.; Discourse
  • Informal Social Networks and Formal Organizational Membrships among American Jews: Findings from the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01.
    Kadushin, Charles, and Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz (2006)
    Sociology of Religion 67:4: 465-485.

    Based on 2000-01 National Jewish Population Survey data; examines effects of Jewish organization membership & informal networks on political views, contributions, & observance.

    Associated Search Terms: Social participation; Jewish, U.S.A.; Network; Contributions; Practice; Politics, U.S.A.
  • Elusive Togetherness: Church Groups Trying to Bridge America's Divisions.
    Lichterman, Paul (2005)
    Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

    Participant observation study in church charities; sees institutionalized patterns of conduct frequently serving as barriers to real openness between people of different statuses.

    Associated Search Terms: Charities; Participant observation; Social services
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Citation data are provided by Anthony J. Blasi (Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame; University of Texas at San Antonio).

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