Who shares your pew : intersectional religion and occupational prestige.


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Research repeatedly shows that stratification occurs through racial classification and systemic racism. Scholars have also shown that stratification in wealth, education, and occupational attainment for Americans varies by religious affiliation. In this paper, I incorporate theories of intersectionality and complex religion to study the ways that religion stratifies status attainment within racial groups in the United States. I hypothesize that relational proximity to predominantly White denominations increases status attainment for racial minorities in the United States. Using data from the 2000-2016 waves of the GSS, I find that Black Evangelicals have higher levels of occupational prestige than Black non-Evangelicals. I argue that this is because of networks of social capital that allow Black Evangelicals access to increasing levels of occupational prestige.



Race. Religion. Occupation. Networks. Capital. Intersectionality.