Understanding immigrant religion in a world that is not flat: The United States and New Zealand Event as iCalendar

21 March 2018

4 - 5:30pm

Venue: The Great Hall (Room 101), The Clock Tower, 22 Princes Street, Auckland 1010

Earth in hand

You are invited to attend a seminar on the impact and consequences of different religions in immigrant populations, led by R Stephen Warner, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago.

The study of immigration to the United States since 1965 will be used to reflect upon the situation in New Zealand. 

When considering the place of religion in a country, the world is not flat, says R Stephen Warner, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago. Religious practice varies from country to country. Factors to be taken into account by both receiving and sending countries are constitutional and legal provisions, religious and racial demography, and religious salience. 

Religion among immigrants to the US since 1965, especially those from East and South Asia (China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, India and Pakistan), will be analysed in these terms, and the analysis used to query the situation in New Zealand.


  • Professor Peter Lineham, School of Humanities, Massey University
  • Dr Hirini Kaa, Kaiāhi, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland


  • Professor Mark Mullins, Director, Japan Studies Centre, University of Auckland
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About Professor R Stephen Warner 
R Stephen Warner is Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at the University of Illinois at Chicago; he previously taught at Sonoma State College, University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University. 

Among his publications are:

  • New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church, University of California Press 1988
  •  “Work in Progress Toward a New Paradigm for the Sociological Study of Religion in the United States,” American Journal of Sociology 1993
  • Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious Communities and the New Immigration, Temple University Press 1998, coauthored by Judith Wittner
  • Korean Americans and their Religions: Pilgrims and Missionaries From a Different Shore, Penn State University Press 2001, coauthored with Ho-Youn Kwon and Kwang Chung Kim
  • A Church of Our Own: Disestablishment and Diversity in American Religion, Rutgers University Press 2005
  •  “Race and Religion Beyond Protestant, Catholic and Jewish Whites,” The Oxford History of American Immigration and Ethnicity, Oxford University Press 2016

He has been President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

For more information about this event please email Dinah Towle at d.towle@auckland.ac.nz or phone 09 923 1636. 

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