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From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity

Michele F. Margolis


The widespread assumption in American politics that core social identities—such as religion, race, and ethnicity—shape politics but are, themselves, largely impervious to political influence. This book challenges this conventional wisdom by looking at religion, a social identity whose political relevance is routinely discussed in both academic and non-academic circles. The book demonstrates that individuals' partisan identities, which solidify in young adulthood, can influence religious decisions later in life. The findings refute the claim that America's current polarization is solely the pro ... More

Keywords: religion and politics, partisanship, political psychology, socialization, identity, polarization, public opinion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226555645
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226555812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele F. Margolis, author
University of Pennsylvania