Sociologist to speak on black denominations, Dec. 13
Posted November 17, 2004; 03:48 p.m.
Omar McRoberts, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, will speak on "State 'Regulation' of Religion and the Art of Bonsai: Black Denominations in the New Deal Era" at noon Monday, Dec. 13, in 307 Frist Campus Center on the Princeton University campus.
McRoberts is conducting a study of black religious responses to, and influences on, social welfare policy since the New Deal, culminating with President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. McRoberts is also initiating an ethnographic project on cultures of death and dying among black congregations in low-income urban contexts.
His first book, "Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood," is based on an ethnographic study of religious life in Four Corners, a poor, predominantly black neighborhood in Boston containing 29 congregations. It explains the high concentration, wide variety and ambiguous social impact of religious activity in the neighborhood.
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