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The New Evangelical Social Engagement$
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Brian Steensland and Philip Goff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329533.001.0001

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“We Need a Revival”

“We Need a Revival”

Young Evangelical Women Redefine Activism in New York City

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The New Evangelical Social Engagement

Adriane Bilous

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores current activism amongst evangelical millennials who are showing greater interest in socially conscious endeavors ranging from international social justice to local anti-poverty campaigns– groups often associated with left-leaning interests and not older evangelical activists’ political activism. These shifts are particularly evident in young evangelical women’s activism. In this chapter, I consider what sources these young women draw on to legitimize activist pursuits and the ways in which they resolve potential intergenerational tensions resulting from these new activist identities and causes. Preliminary findings suggest a new phenomenon in which young evangelical women resolve these issues by rejecting the “evangelical label.” Also, I find that these young women strive to carve out a niche within US evangelicalism – specifically engaging its views on female empowerment. Central to this engagement is the creation of a “servant-activist” identity - highlighting a meaningful way in which these women negotiate potential tensions that arise between traditional evangelical gender roles and new activist interests. My chapter draws on interview data gathered from evangelical women activists in New York City from 2010 to 2012.

Keywords:   Evangelicals, Millennials, Gender, Activism, Identity

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