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Sustaining Faith TraditionsRace, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation$
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Carolyn Chen and Russell Jeung

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717356

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717356.001.0001

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Second-Generation Latin@ Faith Institutions and Identity Formations

Second-Generation Latin@ Faith Institutions and Identity Formations

(p.93) Chapter 5 Second-Generation Latin@ Faith Institutions and Identity Formations
Sustaining Faith Traditions

Milagros Peña

Edwin I. Hernández

NYU Press

This chapter presents several Latino congregations and faith-based organizations that demonstrate the trend toward panethnic religious mobilization. Asserting that diverse Hispanic groups such as Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and Dominicans have similar experiences, socioeconomic backgrounds, and national issues, the chapter illustrates how race relations in the US create a different American religious experience for Latinos today than for white immigrants during Herberg's time. It also reiterates political scientist Catherine Wilson's thesis which suggests that both the content of Latinos' theology and beliefs and their context intertwine to shape their religious identities. A sense of community, drawn by space, generation, and a common struggle, specifically pulls these panethnic groups together.

Keywords:   Latino congregations, panethnic religion, Hispanic groups, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Dominicans, American religious experience, Latinos' theology

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