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Joaquin Jay Gonzalez

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814731963

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814731963.001.0001

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Converting Bowling to Civic Involvement

Converting Bowling to Civic Involvement

(p.100) 5 Converting Bowling to Civic Involvement
Filipino American Faith in Action

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III

NYU Press

This chapter provides evidence from San Francisco disputing the premise of Robert Putnam's critically acclaimed book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, that social capital, especially the bridging variety, has declined all over the United States. It presents evidence that describes how the Filipino migrants' adaptive spirit, mediated through San Francisco churches, allows them to balance the competing social and civic responsibilities of new migrants, which include religious obligations and civic duties in both the United States and the Philippines. It uses two bayanihan case studies to illuminate more clearly how the adaptive spirits (or esprit de corps) of migrant faithful at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in San Francisco and the Iglesia ni Cristo in Daly City are cultivated and channeled for the betterment of American society.

Keywords:   Filipino Americans, Filipino migrants, social capital, bayanihan, Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Iglesia ni Cristo, Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone

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