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Changing FaithThe Dynamics and Consequences of Americans' Shifting Religious Identities$
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Darren E. Sherkat

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741269

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741269.001.0001

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Religious Identification and Politics in the United States

Religious Identification and Politics in the United States

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Changing Faith

Darren E. Sherkat

NYU Press

This chapter examines the influence of religious identification on a person's political commitment. It first considers how religious identities remain an important feature of American politics by shaping political beliefs and commitments on a variety of issues as well as partisan identities and voting behavior. It then discusses the ways that religious groups exert their influence on the regulation of sexuality, along with the relationship between ethnicity and religious identification and their impact on political values and commitments. It also explores how religious identification and ethnicity affect patterns of partisanship in the United States and concludes with an assessment of the implications of religious identification for politicized patriarchy, civil liberties, crime and punishment, and mainstream politics.

Keywords:   religious identification, political commitment, politics, political beliefs, sexuality, ethnicity, partisanship, civil liberties, crime, punishment

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