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Religion and the New Immigrants: Social Capital, Identity, and Civic Engagement

Michael W. Foley and Dean R. Hoge


This book assesses the role of local worship communities — churches, mosques, temples, and others — in promoting civic engagement among recent immigrants to the United States. The product of a three-year study of immigrant worship communities in the Washington, D.C. area, the study looked at churches, mosques, temples, and other communities of immigrants from Korea, China, India, West Africa, the Muslim world, and El Salvador. The researchers surveyed 200 of these communities and studied twenty in depth. Communities vary widely in how much they build social capital, provide social services to ... More

Keywords: worship communities, churches, mosques, temples, social capital, civic engagement, civic skills, identity, homeland causes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188707
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. Foley, author
Catholic University of America

Dean R. Hoge, author
Catholic University of America