From pews to politics: Religious sermons and political participation in Africa

Gwyneth H. McClendon, Rachel Beatty Riedl

    Research output: Book/ReportBook


    Does religion influence political participation? This book takes up this pressing debate using Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa as its empirical base to demonstrate that religious teachings communicated in sermons can influence both the degree and the form of citizens' political participation. McClendon and Riedl document some of the current diversity of sermon content in contemporary Christian houses of worship and then use a combination of laboratory experiments, observational survey data, focus groups, and case comparisons in Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya to interrogate the impact of sermon exposure on political participation and the longevity of that impact. Pews to Politics in Africa leverages the pluralism of sermons in sub-Saharan Africa to gain insight into the content of cultural influences and their consequences for how ordinary citizens participate in politics.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages274
    ISBN (Electronic)9781108761208
    ISBN (Print)9781108486576
    StatePublished - Sep 16 2019

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


    Dive into the research topics of 'From pews to politics: Religious sermons and political participation in Africa'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this