Religion in the Americas: Secularization, Pluralism, and Migration This examination explores major themes in the social scientific study of religion in the United States and other parts of the Americas. That development is characterized by three movements. First, the thriving religious presence in the United States has challenged traditional secularization master-narratives and given way to alternative theoretical accounts regarding the nature of religious production. Second, religion has come to be understood as an axis of identity formation operating in conjunction with race, class, gender, political, occupational and other identities in pluralistic and stratified contexts. Finally, research increasingly considers how the geographic mobility of human populations to and throughout the Americas both impacts and is impacted by religious institutional and cultural forms. The exam is designed to present a theoretically and methodologically diverse set of approaches to these themes, such that the student will discover substantive threads to pursue at greater depth and focus.
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