The African -American church and cooperative communal political participation among African -Americans
Cooperative-communal political participation describes the political activities citizens engage in as part of informal or formal organizations. A few political science scholars view organizational membership as a form of political participation. This dissertation builds on that research and examines the effects of church attendance at African-American churches on the cooperative-communal activism of African-Americans. While church attendance is an important predictor of cooperative-communal political activism among African-Americans, I find that politicized churches in the African-American community are particularly situated to encourage this kind of political activism among African-Americans. The findings are congruent with theories of political participation and build on the research of political science scholars such as Sidney Verba and Norman Nie (1972) and Sidney Verba et al. (1995) who developed the Civic Voluntarism Model as a way to better understand the factors that facilitate political participation in American society.
0325: African Americans