Class has always played a role in American religion. Class differences in religious life are inevitably felt by both those in the pews and those on the outside looking in. This volume starts a long overdue discussion about how class continues to matter - and perhaps even ways in which it does not - in American religion. Class is indeed important, whether one examines it through analysis of events and documents, surveys and interviews, or participant observation of religious groups. The chapters herein examine class as a reality that is both material and symbolic, individual and corporate.
Religion and Class in America examines the myriad ways in which class continues to interact with the theologies, practices, beliefs, and group affiliations of American religion.
Sean McCloud, Ph.D. (2000) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is author of two books and several articles, including
Divine Hierarchies: Class in American Religion and Religious Studies (University of North Carolina Press 2007).
William A. Mirola, Ph.D. (1995) is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of History and Social Science at Marian College in Indianapolis. Apart from having written several articles, he is co-editor (with Susanne Monahan and Michael O. Emerson) of
Sociology of Religion: A Reader (Prentice Hall 2001) and co-author (also with Monahan and Emerson) of
Religion Implicated: How Sociology Helps to Understand the Role of Religion in Our World (Allyn and Bacon, forthcoming).
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