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The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

Edited by James L. Guth, Lyman A. Kellstedt and Corwin E. Smidt

Volume 1, issue Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326529
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195326529.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

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The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics is unique to the field of religion and American politics. Religion is, and has always been, a powerful force in American politics. Over the past three decades, the study of religion and politics has gone from being ignored by the scholarly community to being a major focus of research. This research has been dominated by studies of the mass public, but has included some examination of political activists and elites as well. Because this important research is not easily accessible to non-specialists, much of the analysis of religion's role in the political arena that we read in the media is greatly oversimplified. This book seeks to bridge that gap by examining the considerable research that has been conducted to this point and assessing what has been learned, what remains unsettled due to conflicting research findings, and what important questions remain largely unaddressed by current research endeavors. Noted scholars in the field have written articles for the book that examine a particular subject area that: assess the “state of the art” within that area; review important findings, insights, and theoretical advances; outline the current debates that engage scholarly attention; and raise some important, but currently understudied, questions. Thus, the authors review previous work, explain the findings of that research, and speculate about the bases of the various findings related to that topic.

Keywords: mass public; political activists; elites; non-specialists; analysis; role of religion; political arena; media

Book.  600 pages. 

Subjects: Religion

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The Role of Religion in American Politics in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

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Religion and the American Founding in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

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Religion and American Political Thought in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

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Culture, Religion, and American Political Life in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

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Religion and Political Socialization in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

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Religion and American Public Opinion in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

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Religion and Social Movements in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

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