The impact of churches on political behavior : an empirical study /
Christopher P. Gilbert.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1993.
xii, 196 p. : ill. ; 23cm.
0313287570 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c1993.
0313287570 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-03:
A highly sophisticated empirical work using data from a previous study done in South Bend, Indiana and environs, and including respondents in 173 churches. The research emphasizes the approach of contextual analysis, looking at the contexts of county church concentration, the church itself, and the individual, precisely the individual member's discussions of political subjects with another individual member. Issues given special attention were abortion and school prayer. Primary church categories were Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, and Evangelical. Substantial though uneven impact was found and reported in great detail. The study supports strong justification for additional contextual analysis research on the political impact of organized religion. Clearly written and effectively presented. Highly recommended for college, university, and theological school libraries. L. E. Noble Jr.; emeritus, Clark Atlanta University
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'œClearly written and effectively presented. Highly recommended.'' Choice
"Clearly written and effectively presented. Highly recommended."- Choice
'œThis book adds to the growing literature examining religious influence on political behavior. It is a welcome and valuable contribution to the field, owing as much to its sophisticated methodology as to its findings.'' Sociology of Religion
"This book adds to the growing literature examining religious influence on political behavior. It is a welcome and valuable contribution to the field, owing as much to its sophisticated methodology as to its findings."- Sociology of Religion
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This volume applies well-known and highly regarded data in a new way and analyzes the impact of churches today on American political attitudes and behavior. These important findings measure how churches serve as political and social contexts and affect voting behavior; party identification; and the positions that local congregations and their membership take on abortion, public prayer, the economy, defense, support for minorities, and other issues. Political scientists, sociologists, and religious scholars will find these new interpretations of survey data clear, well-supported, and carefully qualified. This study of the role of religion in political decision making uses National Election study data, county-level data and the South Bend Community Study. Chapter 1 provides a general overview and introduction. Chapter 2 fills out the discussion about the nature of religious and social contexts and their relationship to churches and their members. These early chapters also define the design and research methodology and describe earlier research on the subject. Chapter 3 considers county-level data and changes relation to religious environments and individual behavior. In chapter 4, findings relating to voting and party identification are covered. Chapter 5 considers voter turnout, attitudes on public policy issues, economic expectations, views on issues relevant to the church. Chapter 6 evaluates church contexts and individual self-evaluations and perceptions about the impact of social contexts. The political influence of church discussion partners is the focus of chapter 7. The final chapter points to the political relevance of churches as contexts and summarizes some of the theoretical conclusions derived from the empirical study. Appendices provide the methodological material about variables and coding schemes needed for understanding the design of the work. A bibliography points to related studies of note.
Table of Contents
Toward a Theory of Church Contextual Influence on Political Behavior County Concentrations of Religious Adherents
A Test of Three Election Years Churches, Voting, and Party Identification Churches and Political Attitudes Church Contexts and Individual Self-Evaluations
The Political Influence of Church Discussion Partners Conclusions
The Political Relevance of Churches as Contexts
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