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Faith on the Avenue: Religion on a City Street

Katie Day


Faith on the Avenue looks at just one street in one city—Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia—and the 80-90 communities of faith that are present on it. Sociologist Katie Day draws from her findings of a seven year study to argue that these religious communities are active agents in their local urban contexts, both shaping and being shaped by it. Far from being a benign presence, these congregations are engaging, and contributing to, the urban ecology in myriad ways and to varying degrees. Their agency, analyzed by this study, is captured in vivid images by photographer Edd Conboy. T ... More

Keywords: urban religion, urban ecology, social agency, storefront churches, African American religion, Philadelphia religious history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860029
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860029.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katie Day, author
The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia