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activism of the Catholic Church on immigrants' rights in the United States

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2009
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This paper tests the religious economy model for predicting Church behavior which predicts that religious firms will become more politically active on behalf of potential members in areas where competition for those members is most fierce. An analysis of data from a survey of 106 U.S. Catholic dioceses and archdioceses on outreach to Hispanic immigrants does not support this hypothesis. Religious competition and Church activism on immigration issues did not correlate. Rather, demand for services (measured as Hispanic presence within each diocese) was a better predictor of Church activism on immigration issues. This finding suggests that the "inelastic demand" assumption of the religious economy model must be dropped, re-opening demand side explanations for Church behavior across national and local contexts.
Title: The activism of the Catholic Church on immigrants' rights in the United States: testing the religious economy model.
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Name(s): Lazo de la Vega, Sandra
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Issuance: multipart monograph
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
Extent: v, 51 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Language(s): English
Summary: This paper tests the religious economy model for predicting Church behavior which predicts that religious firms will become more politically active on behalf of potential members in areas where competition for those members is most fierce. An analysis of data from a survey of 106 U.S. Catholic dioceses and archdioceses on outreach to Hispanic immigrants does not support this hypothesis. Religious competition and Church activism on immigration issues did not correlate. Rather, demand for services (measured as Hispanic presence within each diocese) was a better predictor of Church activism on immigration issues. This finding suggests that the "inelastic demand" assumption of the religious economy model must be dropped, re-opening demand side explanations for Church behavior across national and local contexts.
Identifier: 461340384 (oclc), 209993 (digitool), FADT209993 (IID), fau:1367 (fedora)
Note(s): by Sandra Lazo de la Vega.
Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Honors College, 2009.
Subject(s): Church work with immigrants -- United States
Progressivism (United States politics)
Immigrants -- Religious life -- United States
Immigrants -- Social conditions -- United States
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Religious aspects
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