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Religion and the New Immigrants: How Faith Communities Form Our Newest Citizens
Oxford University Press
December 2006

Author(s):
Michael W. Foley
Dean R. Hoge

A three-year study of immigrant worship communities in the Washington DC area assessed their role in promoting civic engagement of recent immigrants. The study looked at churches, mosques, temples and other communities of immigrants from Korea, China, India, Sub-Sahara Africa, Muslim, Middle East, and El Salvador. The researchers surveyed 200 of these communities and studied 20 in depth. Communities vary widely in how much they build bridging social capital, provide social services to immigrants, develop the civic skills of members, and shape immigrants' identities. Local leadership and group characteristics much more than ethnic origin or religious tradition shape the level and kind of civic engagement that the communities foster. Catholic churches, Protestant congregations, Hindu temples, and mosques vary greatly among themselves. Where the leaders are civically engaged, they provide personal and organizational links to the wider American society and promote the civic engagement of their members.

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The Values Campaign? The Christian Right and the 2004 Elections
Georgetown University Press
August 2006

Editor(s):
John C. Green
Mark J. Rozell
Clyde Wilcox

The Christian Right never ceases to surprise professional observers of American politics. With the Christian coalition in disarray, many expected that the movement would play less of a role in the 2004 elections. But when exit polls reported that "moral values" were the most commonly cited reason for presidential vote choice, pundits immediately proclaimed the importance of the "values vote." Yet the role of the Christian Right, of statewide referenda on same-sex marriage, and of religious mobilization remained the subject of debate.

The Values Campaign? The Christian Right and the 2004 Elections reaches well beyond the instant analyses of the post-election period to provide an assessment of the role of the religious right in 2004. The contributors to this volume are among the leading scholars of religion and politics in the United States, and many have contributed for over a decade to ongoing discussions of the role played by the religious right in national elections.The authors consider national mobilization and issues, and also explore the role of the Christian Right in specific states. Their evaluations contend that the "values campaign" was not an aberration but a consistent pattern of national politics, and that moral traditionalism will likely continue to be a significant factor in future elections.

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Experiences of Priests Ordained Five to Nine Years
National Catholic Educational Association
August 2006

Author(s):
Dean R. Hoge

The book reports the findings of two surveys of priests in America in 1990 and 2005, whose purpose was to hear the men's experiences in seminary and in their first years of priesthood. Both were nationwide surveys of men ordained five to nine years earlier, done to measure 15-year trends. The recently-ordained priests in 2005 were in average six years older than in 1990, and they were more diverse ethnically. Many more than in 1990 were serving as pastors - 54% of the diocesan, and 18% of the religious priests. Morale in 2005 was higher than in 1990, and more priests in 2005 stressed the sacramental and spiritual aspects as most central to their priesthood - known as the "cultic model." Their main recommendations to their seminaries were to teach more about leadership and to provide more field experiences. Their recommendations to dioceses and religious institutes were to ensure good first assignments, to assign mentors, and to encourage gatherings of newly ordained priests.

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Reformatting Politics: Information Technology and Global Civil Society
Routledge
August 2006

Author(s):
Jodi Dean
Jon W. Anderson
Geert Lovink

This book examines the ways in which new information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being used by civil society organizations (CSOs) to achieve their aims through activities and networks that cross national borders. These new ICTs (the internet, mobile phones, satellite radio and television) have allowed these civil society organizations to form extensive networks linking the local and the global in new ways and to flourish internationally in ways that were not possible without them.

Reformatting Politics consists of four sections containing essays by some of the top scholars and activists working at the intersections of networked societies, civil society organizations, and information technology. The book also includes a section that takes a critical look at the UN World Summit of Information Society and the role that global governance has played and will play in the use and dissemination of these new technologies. Finally, the contributors aim to influence this important and emerging field of inquiry by posing a set of questions and directions for future research. In sum, Reformatting Politics is a fresh look at the way critical network practice through the use of information technology is reformatting the terms and terrains of global politics.

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Beyond Sovereignty: Issues of a Global Agenda (Third Edition)
Wadsworth Publishing Company
April 2006

Author(s):
Maryann Cusimano Love

Beyond Sovereignty looks at current pressing global issues that countries cannot solve alone: including terrorism, disease, refugees, WMD proliferation, environmental problems, cyber threats, international crime, and drug trafficking. Maryann Cusimano Love helps readers put global poverty and debt, al Qaeda, human trafficking, failed states, and other headlines into the larger context of globalization, challenges to globalization, the rise of non-state actors, the future of the state and global governance, and the difficulties of managing cross-border problems in a world of sovereign states. Throughout, the author argues that global issues go beyond borders and therefore solutions must also go beyond sovereignty.

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International Priests in America: Challenges and Opportunities
Liturgical Press
February 2006

Author(s):
Dean R. Hoge
Aniedi Okure

Foreign-born priests have always played a significant role in America. Only from 1940 to 1960 did the church produce enough native-born priests to serve its parishes. In the past, those priests usually came from Europe, most notably Ireland. In the future, most of the world will be served by priests from Asia, Africa and Latin America, particularly India and Nigeria.Sixteen percent of the priests serving in the United States since 1985 are foreign-born and the number is rising. But many Americans prefer not to have them in their churches, saying the language and cultural differences are too great, and the screening isn't sufficient. International Priests in America studies this phenomenon from the perspective of parishioners, lay ministers, diocesan leaders, and priests. This groundbreaking book is guided by two questions: Should the Catholic Church in the United States bring in more international priests? If so, how should this be done? 

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Adam Smith: The Rhetoric of Propriety
State University of New York Press
November 2005

Author(s):
Stephen J. McKenna
Edward Schiappa (Editor)
Arthur E. Walzer (Editor)

Before his famed career as moral philosopher and economist, Adam Smith (1723-1790) was well known for a series of public lectures on rhetoric that he gave in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In this volume, Stephen J. McKenna provides the first book-length treatment of Smith's rhetorical theory, focusing on his theory of rhetorical propriety-the means by which effective communication is adapted to the variables of subject, audience, speaker or writer, purpose, and moment-and the centrality of this concept to his thought. McKenna shows that Smith's contribution to the theory of rhetorical propriety offers insights into the interdisciplinarity of rhetoric, particularly its relation to ethics, and has practical implications for the ways we conceive of and conduct rhetorical discourse and education today.

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You Are My Miracle
Penguin Young Readers Group
September 2005

Author(s):
Maryann Cusimano Love

The collaborators from You are my I Love You (2001) reuse the initial verse from that volume ("I am your parent; you are my child. I am your quiet place; you are my wild.") as the beginning words and poetic structure for another metaphorical exploration of the parent-child bond. This time the teddy bear characters focus on winter and Christmas activities: baking, wrapping packages, decorating, singing carols, and reading under the Christmas tree. The metaphorical structure takes a little getting used to and will need to be explained to some children, while others will immediately find this to be an amusing way of looking at things. The text needs to be accepted as delightfully nonsensical, and some may wince at lines that don't scan exactly, but the sentiments of tender love are delightful, with the two nattily dressed bears accompanied throughout their activities by four smaller stuffed animals that join in all the activities.

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Pastors in Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
August 2005

Author(s):
Dean R. Hoge
Jacqueline E. Wenger

This recent Duke University survey and study of more than 900 ex-full-time local church ministers found that many ministers left for reasons that could have been prevented. After giving illustrations of the seven main reasons often given for leaving (including such issues as care for children, conflict with the congregation, burnout, sexual misconduct and divorce), the authors illustrate some of the reasons why and under what conditions many ex-full-time ministers want to return to local church work. The book concludes with recommendations as to how seminaries and congregations can prepare and support those who go into full-time ministry.

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Winning the White House, 2004: Region by Region, Vote by Vote
Palgrave Macmillan
July 2005

Author(s):
Donald W. Beachler
Kevin J. McMahon
David M. Rankin
John Kenneth White

What does it take to win the White House? This text helps students understand both the issues and how and why people vote for a candidate. After discussing the dynamics of the primary campaigns, the authors examine three broad sets of issues that play a key role in voting: foreign policy, domestic policies, and the culture wars. This sets the foundations for an examination of regional similarities and differences in voting patterns, as the varying salience and valence of issues - whether general or specific - is explored across and within regions. Special attention is paid to battleground states. Drawing on concepts from political science, this book advances students' understanding both of the field and the phenomenon.

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Character and the Contemplative Principal
National Catholic Educational Association
2003; 1st printing 1999

Author(s):
Merylann J. Schuttloffel

Character and the Contemplative Principal by Merylann J. Schuttloffel introduces Catholic education leaders to comtemplative practice, a tool that can guide them in resolving moral dilemmas. This is the third volume in the NCEA's Catholic Educational Leadership Monograph Series.

 

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Evolving Visions of the Priesthood: Changes from Vatican II to the Turn of the New Century
The Liturgical Press
October 2003

Author(s):
Dean R. Hoge
Jacqueline E. Wenger

This book depicts far-reaching changes in the American priesthood as reflected in four surveys of priests done in 1970, 1985, 1993, and 2001. During this time the number of priests declined, the average age rose, but morale has risen. Most important, the conception of the priesthood held by priests has shifted from a servant leadership model to a cultic model, so that older and younger priests often disagree on ecclesiology. This is important data because it traces the movement of the Church in the United States during the first forty years of the implementation of the Second Vatican Council. The data gives concrete information about present attitudes among priests, both old and young, and identifies where the differences and similarities lie. It gives a clear picture of the U.S. priesthood with all its contrasts and challenges. It brings us the voices of the men themselves and spells out their often conflicting visions and aspirations. There are no good guys and bad guys here, just idealistic partisans of complimentary hopes caught up in the turbulence of a changing Church.

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New Media in the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere (2nd edition)
Indiana University Press
June 2003

Author(s):
Jon W. Anderson (editor)
Dale F. Eickelman (editor)

Fresh insights into the extent to which today's new media (from fax machines and the Internet, to pulp fiction and video cassettes) have transcended local and state boundaries and have worked to reform notions of gender, authority, justice and politics in Muslim societies, emerge from this provocative book.

  

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The Civil Society Reader
Tufts University/University Press of New England
January 2003

Author(s):
Michael W. Foley (editor)
Virginia A. Hodgkinson (editor)

Virginia Hodgkinson and Michael Foley have assembled a definitive collection of 24 readings from the writings of thinkers who have shaped the civil society tradition in Western political thought throughout the ages. Their clear, intelligent introduction establishes a framework for understanding the complex and perennial debate over conditions of citizenship and the character of the good society. The text moves from the origins of the debate, a consideration of Aristotle's vision of political order, the polis, through the "civic republicanism" of Machiavelli and his English and American followers. It also discusses Hobbes's and Montesquieu's conceptions of natural law and the social contract, Immanuel Kant and Adam Ferguson and the emergence of the modern notion of civil society in the late 18th century, and the thoughts and theories of Hegel, Marx, and Gramsci.

Contemporary discussion of civil society in the US started with Berger, Newhaus, and others who addressed the role of intermediary institutions and the political process. In the 1980s, especially as the Cold War ended, writing on civil society exploded. The anthology tracks the key works that have influenced public dialogue in this era. Chapters by Walzer, Barber, Putnam, Almond and Verba, Shils, and others describe the role of association in civil society and its role in democratic governance. As the concept of "civil society" grows ever more prominent in academic and public considerations of politics and political organization, citizen participation, political alienation, voluntary organizations, privatization, government deregulation, and "faith-based" charities, The Civil Society Reader is the essential historical and theoretical text.

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Report on the Future of Catholic School Leadership
National Catholic Educational Association
January 2003

Author(s):
Merylann J. Schuttloffel

This publication is the result of the national superintendent's survey. The data presented indicates the current status, education, and skills of Catholic school principals.

 

 

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The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture in Transition
Seven Bridges Press, LLC
October 2002

Author(s):
John K. White

In choosing candidates for political office, values have overtaken economics to become key determinants in the voting choice. Since the 1960s, the American public has wrestled with changes in public and private values. Typical family life no longer involves a husband, wife, and the two children. The Values Divide explores the increasingly dominant role values play in today's public and private life, concluding that a serious rift in political and cultural values actually produced the astounding tie between George W. Bush and Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election. White argues that while politically important, the present values "divide" goes much deeper than cultural conflicts between Republican and Democrats. The answers to these value questions have remade both American politics and the popular culture.

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Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice
University of Notre Dame Press.
September 2001

Author(s):
William D. Dinges
Dean R. Hoge
Mary Johnson

Leaders of the American Catholic community want to and need to reach out to young adults. But effective ministry to young adults means that church leaders have to understand the attitudes and the needs of the current generation of Catholics in their 20s and 30s. This is why Dean Hoge, William Dinges, Mary Johnson, and Juan Gonzales began their study of young adult Catholics. How do both European-American and Latino Catholics actually live their Catholicism? Are they alienated from the Church? Are they cynical about the Church?s moral teachings? Do they take the Pope?s statements seriously? Do they attend Mass? Have significant numbers left for other churches? Do they want Catholic education for their children?

Seeking answers to these and other questions, Dean Hoge and his colleagues conducted a national survey in 1997, supplemented by a telephone survey and then by personal interviews with over 800 men and women across the country. The interviews put a human face on the information provided, and they form a compelling part of this timely narrative. The authors underscore observations that include the strength and tenacity of Catholic identity in spite of many challenges, the high level of personal decision-making among those interviewed and surveyed, and the readiness of young Catholics for institutional reforms.

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American Catholics: Gender, Generation, and Commitment
AltaMira Press, A Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
July 2001

Author(s):
William V. D'Antonio
James D. Davidson
Dean R. Hoge
Katherine Meyer

How much do American Catholics still identify with the Catholic Church? Do they agree with the Church's teachings, and how often do they participate in its sacraments? What do they think it takes to be a good Catholic? What do they consider to be the Church's core teachings? How do they believe issues of faith and morals should be decided: by the hierarchy, the laity, or some combination of the two? How are they coping with the priest shortage, and what do they believe the Church should do to solve the problem? How do they feel about social issues such as capital punishment and increased military spending? In American Catholics, four distinguished sociologists use national surveys from 1999, 1993, and 1987 to examine these issues.

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Beyond Tocqueville: Civil Society and the Social Capital Debate in Comparative Perspective
University Press of New England Press
May 2001

Author(s):
Michael R. Foley (editor)
Bob Edwards (editor)
Mario Diani (editor)

An interdisciplinary collection of historical and comparative articles on civil society and the social capital debate.

Recent discussion about the role of civil society in democratic governance around the world and the decline of social capital in the US has raised pressing theoretical and empirical questions about the character of contemporary societies and the social and institutional correlates of sound and dynamic democracies. This debate has reached a North American and European audience that extends well beyond academia. The predominant refrain in the debate, following Alexis de Tocqueville's 160-year-old analysis of democracy in America, attaches tremendous importance to the role of voluntary associations in contemporary democracies. Participation in such groups is said to produce social capital, often linked to high levels of social trust. Social capital in turn is conceived as a crucial national resource for promoting collective action for the common good. Beyond Tocqueville presents 21 varied essays on how civic engagement and political and economic cooperation are generated in contemporary societies, linking theoretical discourse with public policy and actual behaviors.

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One Nation under God: Religious Symbols, Quotes, and Images in Our Nation's Capitol
Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
April 2001

Author(s):
Rev. Eugene F. Hemrick

If every family could visit Washington, D.C., and see for themselves the many beautiful tributes to God and the Catholic faith that grace our public buildings, there might be less confusion about what now passes for history in many of our schools. For the many who cannot travel to our capital, Father Hemrick's photos and descriptions can provide an "armchair journey" to remind you of our Christian heritage. This book, depicting religious art and statuary in Washington, D.C. and the many tributes to religious leaders that can be found in the Capitol and in other government buildings, is an inspirational guide to the city.

 

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The Catholic Character of Catholic Schools
University of Notre Dame Press
April 2000

Author(s):
John J. Convey (editor)
Jeffrey A. McLellan
James Youniss (editor)

The cultural context in which Catholic schools operate today is complex and different from what it was at the start of the twentieth century. Following Vatican II, the exodus of individuals previously committed to the religious life combined with the migration of Catholic families away from urban parishes and into the suburbs has drastically changed the demands placed upon Catholic schools. Discussions of contemporary Catholic education are therefore often undermined by the debate over whether the Church has lived up to the options the Second Vatican Council glimpsed for the future of Catholic education.

 

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Catholic Schools at the Crossroads: Survival and Transformation
Teachers College Press
February 2000

Author(s):
John J. Convey (editor)
James Youniss (editor)

In this in-depth, watershed volume, James Youniss and John J. Convey call for an immediate reexamination of Catholic schools - one focused closely on the problems endemic to the schools themselves instead of how they have impacted political issues, such as vouchers and school choice. In their timely contribution to this effort, the editors have compiled essays that explore how Catholic schools can retain their historical character while adapting to the demographic, personnel, and financial pressures confronting them at the turn of the millennium. Written by eminent researchers and scholars in the field of Catholic education, these essays provide insightful analysis and a wealth of new data to illuminate the challenges and strategies that help Catholic schools achieve their goals. This seminal volume uncovers the complex evolution of Catholic schools and looks toward their future. It will interest educators and anyone concerned with the development and well-being of parochial schools.

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