- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: September 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781108761208
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108761208
Does religion influence political participation? This book takes up this pressing debate using Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa as its empirical base to demonstrate that religious teachings communicated in sermons can influence both the degree and the form of citizens' political participation. McClendon and Riedl document some of the current diversity of sermon content in contemporary Christian houses of worship and then use a combination of laboratory experiments, observational survey data, focus groups, and case comparisons in Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya to interrogate the impact of sermon exposure on political participation and the longevity of that impact. Pews to Politics in Africa leverages the pluralism of sermons in sub-Saharan Africa to gain insight into the content of cultural influences and their consequences for how ordinary citizens participate in politics.
Anna Grzymala-Busse - Stanford University, California
Melani Cammett - Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University, Massachusetts
Paul Djupe - Denison University, Ohio
Daniel N. Posner - James S. Coleman Professor of International Development, University of California, Los Angeles
Kimuli Kasara - Columbia University, New York
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