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Political Influence of Churches (Paul A Djupe Christopher P. Gilbert) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521692199
Political Influence of Churches (Paul A Djupe Christopher P. Gilbert) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521692199
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Title: The Political Influence of Churches

Author: Djupe, Paul A Christopher P. Gilbert

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521692199

Volumes: 1; Pages: 296

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Djupe and Gilbert investigate the political influence of church: how membership in organized religious bodies shapes the political life of members. Djupe and Gilbert's goal in this inquiry is to re-center scholarly attention on the voluntary association as an essential element of American civic and political life. They develop a theoretical framework that captures the multifaceted elements of church life that affect individual political attitudes and actions. Political information from clergy, small groups, and social networks flows plentifully in churches, but individuals process that information differently depending on their motivations related to their status in the church. Articulating a more fully specified model of how associations expose individuals to political information and norms will help us understand the political opinions and behavior of citizens and the contribution of that pattern to sustaining democracy.Contents1. A theory of religious influence on political behavior2. Social networks and church structure: congregations, small groups, informal contacts3. Clergy influences and religious commitment reconsidered: reconciling old and new influences on political behavior4. Church-centered influences on public opinion5. The resourceful believer: generating civic skills in church6. The construction of political mobilization in churches7. Present but not accounted for: churches, institutional treatment, and gender differences in civic resources8. Conclusion
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