Latino Churches: Faith, Family, and Ethnicity in the Second Generation

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LFB Scholarly Pub., 2003 - Religion - 225 pages
Crane's work shows how a significant number of Latino youth born in the rural Midwest have stayed involved in church out of ethnic and family solidarity. Although these youths do not show the same zeal and enthusiasm for certain traditions held dear by their parents, they have kept the church as a vital social space for expressing their own spirituality and ethnic identity. Latino churches, in turn, are effective in shaping the lives of youth because they function both as supporters and extensions of the family. The family-congregation nexus combines to enable a more selective form of acculturation that maintains a high-level of family cohesion and linguistic-cultural continuity. Crane's study shows that religion continues to increase the diversity of society rather than facilitate the "incorporation" of ethnic groups into a cultural "mainstream."

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Ken Crane holds a B.A. in Religion from Pacific Union College, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. From 1987 to 1992 he served as Country Director for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Sudan and Kenya. While completing his Ph.D. in Sociology at MSU he conducted research for the Julian Samora Research Institute on migrant farm worker housing and Latino settlement in Michigan and Indiana.

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