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Understanding the effects of religious attendance on political participation among ethnic minorities of different religions

Sobolewska, Maria and D. Fisher, Stephen and Heath, Anthony F and Sanders, David (2015) 'Understanding the effects of religious attendance on political participation among ethnic minorities of different religions.' European Journal of Political Research, 54 (2). pp. 271-287. ISSN 0304-4130

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In the United States, active church membership among ethnic and racial minorities has been linked to higher political participation. In Europe, the influence of religious attendance on political mobilisation of ethnic minorities has so far been little explored, despite the heated public debate about the public role of religion and particularly Islam. This study uses the 2010 Ethnic Minority British Election Study to theorise the relationship between religious attendance and political participation of ethnic minorities in a European context and extend existing theories to non-Christian minority religions. The article shows that despite a significantly different context in which religion's place in political life is more contentious, regular religious attendance increases political participation rates of ethnic minorities. Some possible explanatory mechanisms are tested and an important distinction is introduced between those mechanisms that mediate, and those that moderate the impact of religion. The study finds that British minority churches and places of worships vary in how willing and effective they are in politically motivating their worshippers, and concludes that this relates to the political salience of certain religions within the United Kingdom context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnic minorities; political participation; political mobilisation; religion; turnout
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 09:39
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:39

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