Religious communities have engaged in significant ways with the myriad contemporary issues that impact social transformation. Matters of public debate such as globalization, violence, terrorism, environmental racism, biomedical health issues, immigration, sexism, political process, poverty, the prison industrial complex, sexual orientation, and xenophobia all carry religious and theological connotations that call for critical engagement by scholars within the study of religion. Yet, the religious aspects of contemporary issues are seldom given explicit consideration.
The principal focus of this series will be the various dimensions of the relationship between religion and notions of social transformation in the United States. Religion impacts social developments and social developments also give some shape to religious formations. The relationship is dynamic and mutual, as the books in the series will express in various ways.