This concluding chapter assesses the overall significance of religious activism in bringing renewal to communities, creating new citizenship rights, and ultimately confronting American empire. While activism occurring in both borderlands and cosmopolitan social locations seeks to lessen the impact of the most negative consequences of globalization and empire, the case studies in this book also reveal clear distinctions in the actual character of religious activism in the two settings. Indeed, it is apparent that religious activism frequently serves as a bridge between the two. Moreover, the use of multiple case studies situated in distinct social locations provides a fuller picture of contemporary religious activism's capacity to also engage marginalized people in organizing. Both congregational-based community organizing and worker-justice activism demonstrate religious activism's ability to empower marginalized people to construct new forms of citizenship from the bottom up.
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