Changing geographies of immigration and religion in the U.S. south

Patricia Ehrkamp, Caroline Nagel, Catherine Cottrell

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This chapter examines the internal workings of faith communities in the U.S. South and how they are deeply enmeshed in every-day productions and negotiations of societal membership, citizenship rights, and immigrant integration. We begin with a brief overview of recent immigration and the ways it has complicated the region’s social and political landscape in the region. We then discuss the diversity of immigrant faith communities and the very different ways that established faith communities have tried to incorporate immigrants. Drawing on our research on faith communities in Charlotte, NC, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC, and Atlanta, GA we show how faith communities, both Christian and non-Christian, are producing diverse conceptions of social difference and societal membership. Our aim is to convey how ideas about citizenship are molded in faith-community contexts and the ways that these processes are shaped by particular regional histories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Changing World Religion Map
Subtitle of host publicationSacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789401793766
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015.


  • Citizenship
  • Faith communities
  • Immigrants
  • Religious diversity
  • U.S. South

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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