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Religion and Progressive ActivismNew Stories About Faith and Politics$
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Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.001.0001

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Religious Culture and Immigrant Civic Participation

Religious Culture and Immigrant Civic Participation

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Religion and Progressive Activism

Juan R. Martinez

NYU Press

Juan R. Martinez’s chapter argues that religious institutions today offer unique resources that encourage civic participation among non-citizens. Drawing on five years of ethnographic fieldwork, the chapter shows that social movement organizations apply and customize recognizable aspects of religious culture to promote progressive values and action among undocumented immigrants. By using religion to cast undocumented immigrants as deserving citizens, these organizations generate religious meaning that encourages calls for citizenship and civic engagement among marginalized populations.

Keywords:   Institutions, civic participation, non-citizens, ethnographic fieldwork, social movement organizations, undocumented immigrants, deserving citizens, citizenship, civic engagement

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