People of the Dream by Michael O. Emerson
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People of the Dream
By Michael O. Emerson

People of the Dream

Multiracial Congregations in the United States

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People of the Dream by Michael O. Emerson

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2006.
  • Joint winner for American Sociological Association Oliver Cromwell Cox Award 2007.

Book Description

It is sometimes said that the most segregated time of the week in the United States is Sunday morning. Even as workplaces and public institutions such as the military have become racially integrated, racial separation in Christian religious congregations is the norm. And yet some congregations remain stubbornly, racially mixed. People of the Dream is the most complete study of this phenomenon ever undertaken. Author Michael Emerson explores such questions as: how do racially mixed congregations come together? How are they sustained? Who attends them, how did they get there, and what are their experiences? Engagingly written, the book enters the worlds of these congregations through national surveys and in-depth studies of those attending racially mixed churches. Data for the book was collected over seven years by the author and his research team. It includes more than 2,500 telephone interviews, hundreds of written surveys, and extensive visits to mixed-race congregations throughout the United States. People of the Dream argues that multiracial congregations are bridge organizations that gather and facilitate cross-racial friendships, disproportionately housing people who have substantially more racially diverse social networks than do other Americans. The book concludes that multiracial congregations and the people in them may be harbingers of racial change to come in the United States.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691136271
ISBN-10: 0691136270
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 25-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Transcending Racial Barriers by Michael O. Emerson Transcending Racial Barriers, Paperback (January 2011)

Transcending Racial Barriers offers both a historical overview of racism in American society and an illuminating analysis of the common interests between races that can provide a powerful new approach towards ending racial inequality.

Teaching and Studying the Americas by Michael O. Emerson Teaching and Studying the Americas, Hardback (November 2010)

This book considers how interdisciplinary conversation, critique, and collaboration enrich and transform humanities and social science education for those teaching and studying traditional Americanist fields.

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Author Biography - Michael O. Emerson

Michael O. Emerson is Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology and founding director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life at Rice University. He is the coauthor of several books, including "Divided by Faith, United by Faith," and "Against All Odds". Dr. Rodney Woo is Senior Pastor of the Wilcrest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

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