Journal Article

Worlds in Space: American Religious Pluralism in Geographic Perspective

Bret E. Carroll

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 80, issue 2, pages 304-364
Published in print June 2012 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online May 2012 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
Worlds in Space: American Religious Pluralism in Geographic Perspective

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The dynamic of American religious pluralism contains at its core a spatial politics configured by a longstanding pattern of Anglo-Protestant dominance coupled with a widespread though tension-filled acceptance of religious pluralism. This dynamic has been particularly dramatic and intense since the 1960s because of an increase in the numbers of adherents of non-Protestant and non-Western religions in the United States and an increase in the degree to which religious groups have sought a more active and visible involvement in American life. One can observe the American pluralist dynamic functioning spatially at three interlocking levels—regional, local, and national—with spatial politics playing out differently in different locations depending on a variety of factors. As the new century opens, new factors such as globalization, virtual communication, and heterolocalism come increasingly into play.

Journal Article.  19306 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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