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Religion and Immigration: Migrant Faiths in North America and Western Europe (forthcoming)

Religion and Immigration: Migrant Faiths in North America and Western Europe Peter Kivisto ISBN: 978-0-7456-4170-6
206 pages
August 2014, Polity,subjectCd-CU20.html


This concise book provides readers with a comprehensive overview and critical assessment of the key issues and varied strands of research relating to immigration and religion that have been produced during the past two decades.

Religion, once a neglected topic in migration studies, is today seen as a crucially important aspect of the immigrant experience. For some – particularly those focusing on religion in North America – religion has been portrayed as a vital resource for many immigrants engaged in the essential identity work required in adjusting to the receiving society.
For others – particularly those who have focused on Muslim immigrants in Western Europe – religion tends to be depicted as a source of conflict rather than one of comfort and consolation.

In a judicious, engaging, and highly readable account, this book sorts through these competing viewpoints, pointing to an approach that will assist upper-level students and scholars alike in putting these competing analyses into perspective. Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction: Religion on the Move Chapter 2: Immigrant Identity Work and Religion Chapter 3: Reframing Religious Organizations and Practices Chapter 4: Immigrants and Transnational Religious Networks Chapter 5: Church-State Relations and the Public Sphere Chapter 6: Epilogue References

Author Information

Peter Kivisto is Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College. He is also editor of The Sociological Quarterly.


“This book is an excellent, readable guide to the changing contours of religion, migration, and the relationship between the two. Kivisto’s account is thorough, thoughtful, and thought-provoking – a great synthesis of past thinking and a smart roadmap for important directions forward.” Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College and Harvard University

“Grounded in the author’s mastery of the history and sociology of immigration, Religion and Immigration is an up-to-date, jargon-free and level-headed overview of key changes in today’s society. Highly recommended for advanced undergraduates and scholars, as well as the citizen who wishes to stay well informed.”
R. Stephen Warner, University of Illinois at Chicago _______________________________________________