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Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch: Indian American Christianity in Motion

Prema A. Kurien


This book examines how a new paradigm of ethnicity and religion is shaping contemporary immigrant religious institutions and the intergenerational transmission of religion. While earlier European immigrants to the United States were expected to assimilate to the culture of the host society in the public realm, they could maintain their community lives and cultural traditions through American denominations. In contemporary society, multiculturalism and post-denominationalism have reversed this paradigm. First- and second-generation immigrants integrate by remaining ethnic and group-identified, ... More

Keywords: megachurch, Mar Thoma, post-denominationalism, new paradigm of religion, immigrant religion, intergenerational transmission, global religion, Syrian Christian, second-generation immigrants, multisited field research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479804757
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479804757.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Prema A. Kurien, author
Syracuse University