9780691136271

People of the Dream

  • ISBN13:

    9780691136271

  • ISBN10:

    0691136270

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-25
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Summary

It is sometimes said that the most segregated time of the week in the United States is Sunday morning. Even as workplaces and public institutions such as the military have become racially integrated, racial separation in Christian religious congregations is the norm. And yet some congregations remain stubbornly, racially mixed.People of the Dreamis the most complete study of this phenomenon ever undertaken. Author Michael Emerson explores such questions as: how do racially mixed congregations come together? How are they sustained? Who attends them, how did they get there, and what are their experiences? Engagingly written, the book enters the worlds of these congregations through national surveys and in-depth studies of those attending racially mixed churches. Data for the book was collected over seven years by the author and his research team. It includes more than 2,500 telephone interviews, hundreds of written surveys, and extensive visits to mixed-race congregations throughout the United States. People of the Dreamargues that multiracial congregations are bridge organizations that gather and facilitate cross-racial friendships, disproportionately housing people who have substantially more racially diverse social networks than do other Americans. The book concludes that multiracial congregations and the people in them may be harbingers of racial change to come in the United States.

Author Biography

Michael O. Emerson is the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology and founding director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life at Rice University Dr. Rodney M. Woo is senior pastor at Wilcrest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prelude: Decisionp. 1
Dreamsp. 5
Distinctivep. 28
Pathsp. 47
Folkp. 74
Attractionsp. 105
Shadowsp. 131
Momentump. 158
Shifting Visions: A Brief History of Metaphors for U.S. Race and Ethnic Relationsp. 173
Statistical Tablesp. 194
Methodologyp. 200
Instrumentsp. 209
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 257
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