* SOC 340 / REL 390 (SA)
God of Many Faces: Comparative Perspectives on Migration and Religion
Immigrants often experience discrimination in areas of destination. Religion can strengthen their sense of worth, particularly when the circumstances surrounding departure from the country of origin are traumatic, as with exiles and refugees. We take a comparative approach and use examples from the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The course broaches questions such as: how does religion transform (and how is it transformed by) the immigrant experience? When is religion used to combat stereotypes? Are there differences between the way men and women or dominant groups and racial minorities understand religion?
Sample reading list:
Warner, "Work in Progress Toward a New Paradigm"
Vertovec, Islam in Europe: The Politics of Religion and Community
Sernett, Bound for the Promised Land
Hunt, "Race, Region, and Religious Involvement"
Ebaugh and Chafetz, "Agents for Cultural Reproduction and Structural Change"
Collins, "An Asian Route to Capitalism"
100 pages of reading per week.
Take Home Mid term Exam - 35%
Take Home Final Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
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