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Perseverance in the Parish?

Perseverance in the Parish?
Religious Attitudes from a Black Catholic Perspective


Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107191761
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  • African American Catholics, though small in number and historically the targets of racial intolerance, are now the backbone of the church. The vast majority of African American Catholics do not perceive racial marginalization and intolerance in the church. African American Catholics are among the strongest religious identifiers in the church, while whites show a more fragile Catholic identity. The Catholic church may have finally overcome its racist past for the vast majority of African American Catholics, but serious concerns remain for white Catholics. Based on data from a national religion survey, this book explores religious attitudes from an African American Catholic perspective.

    • Challenges the current racist perceptions of the Catholic church, asking African American Catholics directly about their perceptions and experiences with racial intolerance and marginalization
    • Presents an objective analysis of a critical issue facing the church
    • Presents evidence that African American Catholics have a strong religious identity (stronger than white Catholics) and have various coping mechanisms to insulate them from negative racial experiences
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    23rd Oct 2017 by CarolWhite

    This book has been long awaited in the Catholic Community, particularly the Black Catholic Community.

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    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107191761
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 16 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. African American Catholics and contradictions
    2. The shaping of an African American Catholic identity
    3. African American Catholics in the American religious context
    4. Religious engagement, religiosity, and faithfulness
    5. The importance of clergy and declining vocations
    6. Perceptions of racial intolerance
    7. Racial resentment among white Catholics
    8. Conclusion. A new narrative.

  • Authors

    Darren W. Davis, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Darren W. Davis is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

    Donald B. Pope-Davis, New Mexico State University
    Donald B. Pope-Davis is Dean and Professor of Psychology at New Mexico State University.

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