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By Don S. Browning, David A. Clairmont

ISBN-10: 0231138008

ISBN-13: 9780231138000

Religions reply to capitalism, democracy, industrialization, feminism, individualism, and the phenomenon of globalization in various methods. a few religions agree to those demanding situations, if no longer capitulate to them; a few critique or face up to them, and a few paintings to remodel the fashionable societies they inhabit.

In this specific selection of serious essays, students of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and local American notion discover the stress among modernization and the kin, sexuality, and marriage traditions of significant religions in the USA. individuals study how quite a few trust structures have faced altering attitudes in regards to the that means and function of intercourse, the definition of marriage, the accountability of fathers, and the prestige of youngsters. additionally they talk about how kinfolk legislation in the USA is commencing to recognize yes non secular traditions and the way comparative spiritual ethics can clarify and assessment assorted relations customs.

Studies in regards to the influence of spiritual concept and behaviour on American society have by no means been extra well timed or vital. contemporary international occasions can't be totally understood with out comprehending how trust structures functionality and the numerous methods they are often hired to the ease and detriment of societies. Responding to this serious want, American Religions and the Family offers a entire portrait of spiritual cultures in the USA and gives secular society a pathway for appreciating spiritual tradition.

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18 During a recent Purim celebration at an Orthodox synagogue in Chicago, the guest speaker talked about the American Dream of success through hard work. After sharing a quaint tale about an illiterate Ukrainian Jewish immigrant who struck it rich in America during the old days, he cautioned the congregation: “It’s a great story. It teaches us not to go shopping when we are hungry. You come to this country and you 24 pau l d . nu m r i c h are hungry. But don’t forget about what you have to do in the first place.

Part ii Family Traditions in the American Religions cha p t er 3 The Cultural Contradictions of Mainline Family Ideology and Practice w. bradford wilcox and elizabeth williamson The last half-century has witnessed dramatic changes in American family life, marked by—among other things—increases in divorce, illegitimacy, and women’s labor force participation and by declines in fertility. Family scholars from across the ideological spectrum argue that the United States is succumbing to the logic of what might be called family modernization, where the family is weakening as an institution in the face of social structural and cultural developments associated with late modernity (Bumpass 1990; Popenoe 1988).

This is the continuation of a long-term process and is not confined to one country. Trends in cohabitation, marriage, fertility, and marital disruption are widely shared across Western industrial societies. To my mind, major causes include the individualizing tendency of participation in our economy and cultural values of individualization that both facilitate this process and are reinforced by it. There is no reason to think that these processes are exhausted or are likely to reverse” (Bumpass 1990:493).

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