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Author Margolis, Michele F., author.

Title From politics to the pews : how partisanship and the political environment shape religious identity / Michele F. Margolis
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource
Series Chicago studies in American politics
Chicago studies in American politics.
Contents Group identities and politics in the United States -- Putting things in context: religious and political attachments over time -- A life-cycle theory of religion and politics -- Tracking religious trajectories over a lifetime -- Partisans' religious responses to the political environment -- The religious and political consequences of political knowledge -- Faithful partisans: a closer look at African Americans -- Generalizing the life-cycle theory: a reevaluation of the 1960 election -- The religious sort
Summary One of the most substantial divides in American politics is the "God gap." Religious voters tend to identify with and support the Republican Party, while secular voters generally support the Democratic Party. Conventional wisdom suggests that religious differences between Republicans and Democrats have produced this gap, with voters sorting themselves into the party that best represents their religious views. Michele F. Margolis offers a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom, arguing that the relationship between religion and politics is far from a one-way street that starts in the church and ends at the ballot box. Margolis contends that political identity has a profound effect on social identity, including religion. Whether a person chooses to identify as religious and the extent of their involvement in a religious community are, in part, a response to political surroundings. In today's climate of political polarization, partisan actors also help reinforce the relationship between religion and politics, as Democratic and Republican elites stake out divergent positions on moral issues and use religious faith to varying degrees when reaching out to voters
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-283) and index
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Subject Identity politics -- United States
Partisanship -- Political aspects
Religion and politics -- United States.
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT -- Gaia & Earth Energies.
Identity politics.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Religion and politics.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022655581X