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Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy across the Political Divide

Ruth Braunstein


In the wake of the Great Recession, Americans across the political divide flocked to local citizens organizations, where they worked to refocus political attention on the needs of ordinary people like them. This book chronicles the efforts of two such groups—a progressive faith-based community organizing coalition and a conservative Tea Party group. At first glance, these groups could not seem more different: in addition to significant demographic differences between them, their members also lined up on opposite sides of nearly every national policy debate during this period. But these differe ... More

Keywords: Great Recession, tea party, faith-based community organizing, active citizens, citizenship, democracy, accountability, faith, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293649
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Braunstein, author
University of Connecticut