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Ethnic church meets megachurch : Indian American Christianity in motion

Author: Prema A Kurien
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book exposes the profound impact American evangelicalism is having on the religious lives of contemporary Christian immigrants, and the pressures immigrant churches face to incorporate evangelical worship styles, often at the expense of maintaining their ethnic character and support systems. Most interestingly, it shows that the integration patterns of post-1965 Christian immigrants and their descendants have  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Prema A Kurien
ISBN: 9781479804757 1479804754 9781479826377 1479826375
OCLC Number: 961160675
Description: xiv, 281 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Indian American Christianity in motion --
Syrian Christian encounters with colonial missionaries and Indian nationalism --
The role of the church in migration and settlement --
Coupling versus decoupling religion and ethnicity in the first and second generations --
Class, culture, and the performance of gendered Christianity --
Religion, social incorporation, and civic engagement among generations --
International migration and its impact on the Mar Thoma denomination --
Conclusion : transnational processes, immigrant incorporation, and religious change.
Responsibility: Prema A. Kurien.

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This book exposes the profound impact American evangelicalism is having on the religious lives of contemporary Christian immigrants, and the pressures immigrant churches face to incorporate evangelical worship styles, often at the expense of maintaining their ethnic character and support systems. Most interestingly, it shows that the integration patterns of post-1965 Christian immigrants and their descendants have essentially reversed earlier models. While immigrants from Europe and their children were expected to shed their ethnic identities to become Americans, in the sphere of religion, they could maintain their ethnic traditions within American denominations. This book shows that members of the contemporary second generation are incorporating into U.S. society by maintaining their ethnic identities in secular contexts but are adopting a de-ethnicized religious identity and practice. In particular, many are gravitating toward evangelical megachurches. Drawing on multi-site research in the U.S. and India, this book also provides a global perspective on religion, demonstrating the variety of ways in which transnational processes affect religious organizations and their members, and how forces of globalization, from the period of colonialism to contemporary out-migration, have brought tremendous changes among Christian communities in the Global South. Book jacket.

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Like Prema Kuriens previous books, this one is thoroughly researched, tackling a huge topic with impressive scholarship. And it poses an unsettling question: Is a one-size-fits-all, Read more...

 
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