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Prophets and Patriots

Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide

Ruth Braunstein (Author)

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In the wake of the Great Recession and rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—worked together to become active and informed citizens, put their faith in action, and hold government accountable. They viewed themselves as the latest in a long line of prophetic voices and patriotic heroes who carried forward the promise of the American democratic project. Yet the practical ways in which the groups pursued this common vision subtly reflected different understandings of American democracy and citizenship. Prophets and Patriots offers a fresh look at two active grassroots movements and highlights cultural convergences and contradictions at the heart of American political culture.

Ruth Braunstein is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut.  
"This is important reading for anyone who wants to understand the practical meanings of populism in America." —Paul Lichterman, Professor of Sociology and Religion, University of Southern California

"This is an important book for everyone worried about the polarization of American politics. Presented with sympathy and insight, Ruth Braunstein's research helps clarify the competing—and sometimes surprisingly similar—moral visions, self-understandings and motivations of activists on right and left." —Craig Calhoun, President, Berggruen Institute 

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