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American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism

Gary J. Adler Jr., Tricia C. Bruce, and Brian Starks


Parishes are the missing middle in studies of American Catholicism. Between individual Catholics and a global institution, the thousands of local parishes are where Catholicism gets remade. American Parishes showcases what social forces shape parishes, what parishes do, how they do it, and what this says about the future of Catholicism in the United States. Expounding an embedded field approach, this book displays the forces currently reshaping American parishes. It draws from sociology of religion, culture, organizations, and race to illuminate basic parish processes—like leadership and educa ... More

Keywords: Catholicism, congregations, field theory, organizations, parish culture, parish life, parish trends, sociology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823284351
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823284351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary J. Adler Jr., editor
Pennsylvania State University

Tricia C. Bruce, editor
Maryville College

Brian Starks, editor
Kennesaw State University

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