Religion has played a crucial role in American immigration history as an institutional resource for migrants' social adaptation, as a map of meaning for interpreting immigration experiences, and as a continuous force for expanding the national ideal of pluralism. To explain these processes the editors of this volume brought together the perspectives of leading scholars of migration and religion. The resulting essays present salient patterns in American immigrants' religious lives, past and present. In comparing the religious experiences of Mexicans and Italians, Japanese and Koreans, Eastern European Jews and Arab Muslims, and African Americans and Haitians, the book clarifies how such processes as incorporation into existing religions, introduction of new faiths, conversion, and diversification have contributed to America's extraordinary religious diversity and add a comprehensive religious dimension to our understanding of America as a nation of immigrants.
Richard Alba, Albert J. Raboteau, and Josh DeWind
Passages in Piety
Richard Alba and Robert Orsi
Migration and Mexican American Religious Life, 1848–2000
Roberto Lint Saragossa
Whither the Flock?
Japanese and Korean Migrations
Lori Pierce, Paul Spickard, and David Yoo
Jane Naomi Iwamura
6. Buddhism, Rhetoric, and the Korean American Community
Sharon A. Suh
Immigration and the Transformation of American Jews
Choosing Chosenness in America
The Shaping of Arab and Muslim Identity in the United States
Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad
Muslim, Arab, and American
Ann Chih Lin
Black Migration, Religion, and Civic Life
James Grossman and Albert Raboteau
Catholic, Vodou, and Protestant
Elizabeth McAlister and Karen Richman
"This book is particularly valuable for its comparative, historical perspective. It reminds us that today's developments have deep roots and that despite differences, there is much that unites the Asian American and Latino experience. An important contribution to the burgeoning literature on religion and immigration."
-—Peggy Levitt,author of God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape
"The volume's findings . . . will certainly compel social scientists to pay greater attention to religion in the context of immigration. Overall, the volume is a significant contribution to the current debates on diaspora."-P. Pratap Kumar,Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration
“This volume benefits from the rigorous format designed by its distinguished editors. What might initially appear to be an overly rigid structure emerges as a format that enables rich and innovative comparisons of a vast diversity of very singular case studies that are only rarely juxtaposed.”
"This path-breaking volume makes a major contribution to our understanding of immigrant religion in America. By adopting a comparative design that examines immigrant groups today and in the past, this well-focused and highly readable collection sheds a bright new light on—and provides often surprising insights into—the way religion has operated as belief system, institution, and community for immigrants both then and now."
-—Nancy Foner,author of In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration