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The great divide: religious and cultural conflict in American party politics

The great divide: religious and cultural conflict in American party politics

Layman, Geoffrey

How did the Christian Right come to predominate in the Republican Party? Why, on the other hand, do secular and religiously liberal beliefs largely prevail in the Democratic Party? Our understanding of the rift between the Democratic and Republican parties - a rift in many ways fuelled by religious beliefs - requires an analysis of the entire spectrum of religious and non-religious players in the American political process and how their influence has evolved over a long period of time.;Employing a sizeable collection of data on party members, activists, and elites, Geoffrey Layman examines the role of religion in the Democratic and Republican parties, and the ways in which religion has influenced the political process from the early 1960s through the late 1990s. Using a wide variety of sources, including the American National Election Studies - the major academic survey of the American electorate - Layman reveals a vast and subtly differentiated landscape of political life and a more vivid basis upon which to analyze the ever-widening chasm between the parties.;Layman investigates a broad spectrum of religious variety, citing differences between African American Protestants, white evangelical Protestants, Roman Catholics, Jews, non-religious or seculars, and smaller religious groups, as well as political cleavages within these faith traditions. With his thorough analysis, he counters the often narrow focus and incendiary rhetoric of many of the "culture war" debates

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Published New York: Columbia University Press, ©2001

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Statement of responsibility: Geoffrey Layman
ISBN: 0231120583, 0231505485, 9780231120586, 9780231505482
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-427) and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 435 pages) : illustrations.
Series: Power, conflict, and democracy
Subject: Religion.; Partis politiques États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle.; Conflit culturel États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle.; United States Religion.; Religion and politics.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Anthropology Cultural.; Political parties.; États-Unis Religion 20e siècle.; SOCIAL SCIENCE Popular Culture.; Religion et politique États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle.; Religion and politics United States History.; United States.; Religion et État États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Public Policy Cultural Policy.; Political parties United States History.; Changement social États-Unis Histoire 20e siècle.
Series Title: Power, conflict, and democracy.
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  1. Preface Introduction
  2. Cultural Conflict in American Society and Politics 1. Explaining Religious and Cultural Changes in the Party System 2. Conceptualizing Religion and Religion-Based Political Conflict 3. Religious and Cultural Change Among Party Activists 4. The Internal and External Divides
  3. Religious and Cultural Conflict Within and Between the Parties 5. The Changing Religious Face of the Parties' Mass Coalitions 6. Links in the Chain
  4. The Structure and Sequence of Partisan Religious and Cultural Change 7. Exploring the Divide
  5. How and When Religion Matters for Contemporary Political Behavior 8. Religious Conflict and American Party Politics
  6. The Nature, Implications, and Future of Their Relationship Appendix A. Measurement Appendix B. Statistical Analysis Appendix C. Congressional Votes on Cultural Issues Bibliography