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作者 Compton, John W., 1977- author
書名 The end of empathy : why white protestants stopped loving their neighbors / John W. Compton
出版項 New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2020
國際標準書號 9780190069186 (hb)
9780190069209 (epub)
9780190069216 (online)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人文社會聯圖  BR516 .C687 2020    在架上    30650020095986
說明 399 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-381) and index
"The End of Empathy develops a theoretical framework capable of explaining both the rise of white Protestant social concern in the latter part of the nineteenth century and its sudden demise at the end of the twentieth. The theory proceeds from the premise that religious conviction, by itself, is rarely sufficient to motivate empathetic political behavior. When believers do act empathetically - for example, by championing reforms that transfer resources or political influence to less privileged groups within society - it is typically because strong religious institutions have compelled them to do so. For much of American history, mainline Protestant church membership functioned as an important marker of social status - one that few upwardly mobile citizens could afford to go without. The socioeconomic significance of membership, in turn, endowed Protestant leaders with considerable authority over the beliefs and actions of their congregations. At key junctures in U.S. history - the Progressive Era, the New Deal, the civil rights movement - the nation's informal Protestant establishment used this authority to mobilize rank-and-file churchgoers on behalf of government programs that increased economic opportunity and promoted civic inclusion. When this pattern of religious authority collapsed in the late 1960s - thanks to a confluence of trends in the labor market, higher education, and residential mobility - it produced a large population of white suburbanites who had little reason to seek out mainline Protestant churches or heed their advice on the burning social questions of the day. The churches that flourished in the new age of personal autonomy were those that preached against attempts by government to promote a more equitable distribution of wealth and political authority"-- Provided by publisher
主題 Christianity and politics -- United States
Empathy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
United States -- Church history -- 19th century
United States -- Church history -- 20th century
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