Against All Odds Paperback

The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations

by Brad Christerson; Korie L. Edwards; Michael O. Emerson;

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Against All Odds

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Religious institutions are among the most segregated organizations in American society. This segregation has long been a troubling issue among scholars and religious leaders alike. Despite attempts to address this racial divide, integrated churches are very difficult to maintain over time. Why is this so? How can organizations incorporate separate racial, ethnic, and cultural groups? Should they? And what are the costs and rewards for people and groups in such organizations? Following up on Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith's award-winning Divided by Faith, Against All Odds breaks new ground by exploring the beliefs, practices, and structures which allow integrated religious organizations to survive and thrive despite their difficulties. Based on six in-depth ethnographies of churches and other Christian organizations, this engaging work draws on numerous interviews, so that readers can hear first-hand the joys and frustrations which arise from actually experiencing racial integration. The book gives an inside, visceral sense of what it is like to be part of a multiracial religious organization as well as a theoretical understanding of these experiences.

Against All Odds by Brad Christerson; Korie L. Edwards; Michael O. Emerson was published by New York University Press in January 2005. The ISBN for Against All Odds is 9780814722244.

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Details for Against All Odds

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherNew York University Press (January 2005)
Number of Pages224
Thickness14 mm
Height228 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code1162543
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