Ecologies of Faith in New York City

Ecologies of Faith in New York City

The Evolution of Religious Institutions
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Format: Paperback 11 b&w illus., 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-00690-5
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Ecologies of Faith in New York City examines patterns of interreligious cooperation and conflict in New York City. It explores how representative congregations in this religiously diverse city interact with their surroundings by competing for members, seeking out niches, or cooperating via coalitions and neighborhood organizations. Based on in-depth research in New York’s ethnically mixed and rapidly changing neighborhoods, the essays in the volume describe how religious institutions shape and are shaped by their environments, what new roles they have assumed, and how they relate to other religious groups in the community.

Author Bio

Richard Cimino is adjunct professor in Sociology at Hofstra University. He is author of Trusting the Spirit and (with Don Lattin) Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium, and editor of Religion Watch.

Nadia A. Mian is adjunct professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Weishan Huang is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany.


“A great resource for students in congregational, religious, and urban studies [and] a valuable installment in the resurrection of urban religious ecology.”
 — Omar McRoberts, University of Chicago

“The book deals with important issues in important ways. New York City is a veritable center of the phenomena being studied.”
 — Jay Demerath, University of Massachusetts

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Table of Contents

Foreword/Nancy T. Ammerman
Introduction: The Ecology of Religious Institutions in New York City/Richard Cimino and Nadia Mian, with Weishan Huang
I. Religious Institutions and Gentrification in the Religious Ecology
1. Disneyfication and Religion in Times Square/Hans E. Tokke
2. Filling Niches and Pews in Williamsburg and Greenpoint--The Religious Ecology of Gentrification/Richard Cimino
3. Korean American Churches and the Negotiation of Space in Flushing/Keun-Joo Christine Pae
II. Immigration, Religion and Neighborhood Change
4. Diversity and Competition: Politics and Conflict in New Immigrant Communities/Weishan Huang
5. The "Brazilianization" of New York City: Brazilian Immigrants and Evangelical Churches in a Pluralized Urban Landscape/Donizete Rodrigues
6. Building and Expanding Communities: African Immigrant Congregations and the Challenge of Diversity/Moses Biney
III. Entrepreneurial Innovation and Religious Institutions
7. The ABC's of Faith and Commerce in the Lower East Side/Sheila P. Johnson
8. Navigating Property Development through a Framework of Religious Ecology: The Case of Trinity Lutheran Church/Nadia A. Mian
9. Hinduism at Work in Queens/Matthew Weiner

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