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Wuthnow, Robert

Works: 135 works in 763 publications in 2 languages and 51,880 library holdings
Genres: History  Forecasts  Case studies  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Commentator
Classifications: BL2525, 306.60973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Wuthnow
The restructuring of American religion : society and faith since World War II by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 1,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After heaven : spirituality in America since the 1950s by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Heaven describes the dramatic transformation in American spirituality during the last half century. Wuthnow argues that spirituality at mid-century was rooted in place (churches, etc) and has gradually transformed into a spirituality of process (seeking, globalism). Wuthnow argues for a spirituality of practice, which he feels incorporates the best of both
The New Christian right : mobilization and legitimation by Robert C Liebman( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 1,139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America and the challenges of religious diversity by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and adherents of other non-Western religions have become a significant presence in the United States in recent years. Yet many Americans continue to regard the United States as a Christian society. How are we adapting to the new diversity? Do we casually announce that we "respect" the faiths of non-Christians without understanding much about those faiths? Are we willing to do the hard work required to achieve genuine religious pluralism?Award-winning author Robert Wuthnow tackles these and other difficult questions surrounding religious diversity and does so with hi
Christianity in the twenty-first century : reflections on the challenges ahead by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will moderate and liberal congregations react? How will the political activities of churches influence their capacity to be heard in the public arena, and what will the impact be of pluralism and the prevailing materialism of our society? Drawing on a wide range of first-hand observations and research, Wuthnow demonstrates that in each of these five areas people of faith have strong reasons to enter the next century with confidence in their religious institutions. But he
Saving America? : faith-based services and the future of civil society by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: On January 29, 2001, President George W. Bush signed an executive order creating the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. This action marked a key step toward institutionalizing an idea that emerged in the mid-1990s under the Clinton administration--the transfer of some social programs from government control to religious organizations. However, despite an increasingly vocal, ideologically charged national debate--a debate centered on such questions as: What are these organizations doing? How well are they doing it? Should they be supported with tax dollars?--solid answers have been few. In Saving America? Robert Wuthnow provides a wealth of up-to-date information whose absence, until now, has hindered the pursuit of answers. Assembling and analyzing new evidence from research he and others have conducted, he reveals what social support faith-based agencies are capable of providing. Among the many questions he addresses: Are congregations effective vehicles for providing broad-based social programs, or are they best at supporting their own members? How many local congregations have formal programs to assist needy families? How much money do such programs represent? How many specialized faith-based service agencies are there, and which are most effective? Are religious organizations promoting trust, love, and compassion? The answers that emerge demonstrate that American religion is helping needy families and that it is, more broadly, fostering civil society. Yet religion alone cannot save America from the broad problems it faces in providing social services to those who need them most. Elegantly written, Saving America? represents an authoritative and evenhanded benchmark of information for the current--and the coming--debate
Acts of compassion : caring for others and helping ourselves by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

30 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation Robert Wuthnow finds that those who are most involved in acts of compassion are no less individualistic than anyone else--and that those who are the most intensely individualistic are no less involved in caring for others
American mythos : why our best efforts to be a better nation fall short by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America was built on stories: tales of grateful immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, Horatio Alger-style transformations, self-made men, and the Protestant work ethic. In this new book, renowned sociologist Robert Wuthnow examines these most American of stories--narratives about individualism, immigration, success, religion, and ethnicity--through the eyes of recent immigrants. In doing so, he demonstrates how the "American mythos" has both legitimized American society and prevented it from fully realizing its ideals. This magisterial work is a reflection and meditation on the national consciousness. It details how Americans have traditionally relied on narratives to address what it means to be strong, morally responsible individuals and to explain why some people are more successful than others--in short, to help us make sense of our lives. But it argues that these narratives have done little to help us confront new challenges. We pass laws to end racial discrimination, yet lack the resolve to create a more equitable society. We welcome the idea of pluralism in religion and values, yet we are shaken by the difficulties immigration presents. We champion prosperity for all, but live in a country where families are still homeless. American Mythos aptly documents this disconnect between the stories we tell and the reality we face. Examining how cultural narratives may not, and often do not, reflect the reality of today's society, it challenges readers to become more reflective about what it means to live up to the American ideal. ... Publisher description
Poor Richard's principle : recovering the American dream through the moral dimension of work, business, and money by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines American families as they try to balance work and family, confront the pressures of consumerism and find meaning in their careers. This book provides a foundation for bringing moral reasoning more fully to bear on economic decisions
After the baby boomers : how twenty- and thirty-somethings are shaping the future of American religion by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much has been written about the profound impact the post-World War II baby boomers had on American religion. But the lifestyles and beliefs of the generation that has followed--and the influence these younger Americans in their twenties and thirties are having on the face of religion--are not so well understood. It is this next wave of post-boomers that Robert Wuthnow examines in this illuminating book. What are their churchgoing habits and spiritual interests and needs? How does their faith affect their families, their communities, and their politics? Interpreting new evidence from scores of in-depth interviews and surveys, Wuthnow reveals a generation of younger adults who, unlike the baby boomers that preceded them, are taking their time establishing themselves in careers, getting married, starting families of their own, and settling down--resulting in an estimated six million fewer regular churchgoers. He shows how the recent growth in evangelicalism is tapering off, and traces how biblical literalism, while still popular, is becoming less dogmatic and more preoccupied with practical guidance. At the same time, Wuthnow explains how conflicts between religious liberals and conservatives continue--including among new immigrant groups such as Hispanics and Asians--and how in the absence of institutional support many post-boomers have taken a more individualistic, improvised approach to spirituality. Wuthnow's fascinating analysis also explores the impacts of the Internet and so-called virtual churches, and the appeal of megachurches."--Jacket
Meaning and moral order : explorations in cultural analysis by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

28 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meaning and Moral Order goes beyond classical, neoclassical, and poststructural theories of culture in its attempt to move away from problems of meaning to a more objective concept of culture. Innovative, controversial, challenging, it will compel scholars to rethink many of the assumptions on which the study of ideology, ritual, religion, science, and culture have been based
All in sync : how music and art are revitalizing American religion by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Communities of discourse : ideology and social structure in the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and European socialism by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Learning to care : elementary kindness in an age of indifference by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He contends that a volunteer's sense of service is shaped by what they find in school service clubs, in shelters for the homeless, in working with AIDS victims, or in tutoring inner-city children. And Wuthnow also argues that the best environment to nurture the helping impulse is the religious setting, where in fact the great bulk of volunteering in America takes place. In these organizations, as well as in schools and community agencies, teenagers can find the role models and moral incentives that will instill a sense of service that they can then carry into their adult life
Boundless faith : the global outreach of American churches by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Boundless Faith, the first book to look systematically at American Christianity in relation to globalization, Robert Wuthnow shows that American Christianity is increasingly influenced by globalization and is, in turn, playing a larger role in other countries and in U.S. policies and programs abroad. These changes, he argues, can be seen in the growth of support at home for missionaries and churches in other countries and in the large number of Americans who participate in short-term volunteer efforts abroad. These outreaches include building orphanages, starting microbusinesses, and setting up computer networks. Drawing on a comprehensive survey that was conducted for this book, as well as several hundred in-depth interviews with church leaders, Wuthnow refutes several prevailing stereotypes: that U.S. churches have turned away from the global church and overseas missions, that congregations only look inward, and that the growing voice of religion in areas of foreign policy is primarily evangelical. This fresh and revealing book encourages Americans to pay attention to the grass-roots mechanisms by which global ties are created and sustained. - Publisher
Small-town America : finding community, shaping the future by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than thirty million Americans live in small, out-of-the-way places. Many of them could have chosen to join the vast majority of Americans who live in cities and suburbs. They could live closer to better paying jobs, more convenient shopping, a wider range of educational opportunities, and more robust health care. But they have opted to live differently. In Small-Town America, we meet factory workers, shop owners, retirees, teachers, clergy, and mayors--residents who show neighborliness in small ways, but who also worry about everything from school closings and their child
Remaking the heartland : Middle America since the 1950s by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a study of the fifty years starting in the 1950s in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. For many Americans, the Midwest is a vast unknown. In this book the author sets out to rectify this. He shows how the region has undergone extraordinary social transformations over the past half-century and proven itself surprisingly resilient in the face of such hardships as the Great Depression and the movement of residents to other parts of the country. He examines the heartland's reinvention throughout the decades and traces the social and economic factors that have helped it to survive and prosper. He points to the critical strength of the region's social institutions established between 1870 and 1950 including the market towns, farmsteads, one-room schoolhouses, townships, rural cooperatives, and manufacturing centers that have adapted with the changing times. He focuses on farmers' struggles to recover from the Great Depression well into the 1950s, the cultural redefinition and modernization of the region's image that occurred during the 1950s and 1960s, the growth of secondary and higher education, the decline of small towns, the redeployment of agribusiness, and the rapid expansion of edge cities. Drawing his arguments from extensive interviews and evidence from the towns and counties of the Midwest, he provides a unique perspective as both an objective observer and someone who grew up there. His book offers a look at the humble yet strong foundations that have allowed the region to endure undiminished
The quiet hand of God : faith-based activism and the public role of mainline Protestantism( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The crisis in the churches : spiritual malaise, fiscal woe by Robert Wuthnow( Book )

16 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time when already overworked clergy are being called upon by budget cutting politicians to do more for the poor, the sick, and the elderly, American churches are suffering persistent financial shortfalls. Why are American's churches in financial distress? Robert Wuthnow, a leading commentator on religious life in America, asserts that the steady drop in donations, volunteering, and personal involvement is a direct result of a spiritual crisis - a crisis caused in large part by the clergy's failure to address the vital relationships between faith and money, work, stewardship, giving, and economic justice. In The Crisis in the Churches, Wuthnow offers a searching study of this financial crisis and of the spiritual malaise that has silently grown worse during the past decade. To do this, he lets the churches speak for themselves, quoting extensively from interviews with clergy and laity in sixty Protestant and Catholic congregations throughout the U.S., and drawing from the texts of over 200 sermons, from church financial records, and a national survey. What emerges is that parishioners often feel the church does not care about what they do from Monday to Friday, offers no guidance in their most pressing day-to-day concerns, yet always seems to be asking for more money. Although the situation is critical, Wuthnow finds much cause for hope. He points to ideas and programs that some churches have enacted to challenge their members to think differently about work and money and giving. Parishioners sometimes respond positively when clergy speak boldly and concretely about matters of faith and finance, and some churches have formed small groups whose members meet regularly to discuss issues of spirituality, work, personal finances, and stewardship
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The restructuring of American religion : society and faith since World War II
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Robert Wuthnow American sociologist

우스노우, 로버트 1946-

워드나우, 로버트 1946-

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After heaven : spirituality in America since the 1950sAmerica and the challenges of religious diversityChristianity in the twenty-first century : reflections on the challenges aheadSaving America? : faith-based services and the future of civil societyActs of compassion : caring for others and helping ourselvesAmerican mythos : why our best efforts to be a better nation fall shortPoor Richard's principle : recovering the American dream through the moral dimension of work, business, and moneyAfter the baby boomers : how twenty- and thirty-somethings are shaping the future of American religion