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Faith and Money
How Religion Contributes to Wealth and Poverty


  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521896511

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  • For those who own it, wealth can have extraordinary advantages. High levels of wealth can enhance educational attainment, create occupational opportunities, generate social influence and provide a buffer against financial emergencies. Even a small amount of savings can improve security, mitigate the effects of job loss and other financial setbacks and improve well-being dramatically. Although the benefits of wealth are significant, they are not enjoyed uniformly throughout the United States. In the United States, because religion is an important part of cultural orientation, religious beliefs should affect material well-being. This book explores the way religious orientations and beliefs affect Americans' incomes, savings and net worth.

    • Addresses a question that is central to all the social sciences
    • Provides detailed, careful empirical analyses using the most up-to-date data available on religion and wealth
    • Accessible to non-specialists, but still provides detail desired by experts in the field
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    'This book is engagingly written with evidence to substantiate each claim. Undergraduate and graduate students will find [it] very insightful, as well as policy makers who are interested in gaining an understanding of not only the economic parity, but also the religious implications of the differentiation in wealth ownership.' Elijah Obinna, Religion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521896511
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 58 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Religion and wealth
    2. Family and human capital processes
    3. Works, occupation, and income
    4. Wealth I: new worth and real assets
    5. Wealth II: financial assets, liabilities, and multivariate models
    6. Upward mobility and assimilation
    7. Notable achievement
    8. A truly complex relationship
    9. Conclusion: how much is enough?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Business Ethics and Modern Religious Thought
    • Topic: Sociology of Religion
    • Wealth and Consumption
    • Wealth and Power
    • Wealth and the Law
  • Author

    Lisa A. Keister, Duke University, North Carolina
    Lisa A. Keister is a professor of sociology and the Director of the Markets and Management Program at Duke University. She conducts research on wealth inequality, asset accumulation and the causes of each. She is the author of Getting Rich: America's New Rich and How They Got There (Cambridge University Press 2005) and Wealth in America (Cambridge University Press 2000). Her research on Chinese corporations and the country's economic transition appeared in her book Chinese Business Groups (2000) as well as various articles.

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