Ecologies of Faith in New York City examines patterns of interreligious cooperation and conflict in New York City. It explores how representative congregations in this religiously diverse city interact with their surroundings by competing for members, seeking out niches, or cooperating via coalitions and neighborhood organizations. Based on in-depth research in New York's ethnically mixed and rapidly changing neighborhoods, the essays in the volume describe how religious institutions shape and are shaped by their environments, what new roles they have assumed, and how they relate to other religious groups in the community.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 26 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
On the whole, this is a valuable contribution to the growing field of congregational studies that places congregations and their agency on the table as one important element to understanding the changing American metropolis. One need not have any background in any of the religions represented to appreciate the work. Those working in urban studies should welcome this readable elaboration on religious ecology theory and congregational studies.* Journal of Urban Affairs *
[This book is] a solid resource for addressing entanglements of religion and urbanism. The case studies have significant richness, and the organizing decision to focus on three structural processes is effective. Scholars in congregational studies, the sociology of religion, and the inter-disciplinary study of urbanism will find value in the empirical and analytical observations2.3 * Critical Research on Religion *
[T]his book offers nine essays focusing on religious institutions of New York City as they have been impacted by the social dynamics of gentrification, immigration, and entrepreneurial innovation . . . Recommended.Jan 2014 * Choice *
Overall, this is a well-developed collection of essays that does an effective job of exploring the breadth of the ecological interaction between religious institutions and their environments in New York City. . . . [T]he editors delineate a careful study of religious institutions within a contested environment, an outstanding contribution that will be used for many years as a reference for students and scholars interested in religious institutions in an urban context. * Sociology of Religion *
With the tremendous variety of religious groups and religious places in the New York Metropolitan Area, this book is an excellent example of religious scholarship that could be further expanded and explored. * Review of Religious Research *
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