Religion and the Creation of Race and Ethnicity: An Introduction

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Craig R. Prentiss
NYU Press, 2003 - Religion - 243 pages
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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a “keyword” is “a word that is of great importance or significance.” On the web, “keywords“ organize vast quantities of complex information. Keywords for American Cultural Studies offers these features and more to its readers, providing indispensable meditations on terms and concepts used in cultural studies, American studies, and beyond.

Collaborative in design and execution, Keywords for American Cultural Studies collects sixty-four new essays from interdisciplinary scholars, each on a single term such as “America,” “body,” “ethnicity,” and “religion.” Alongside “community,” “immigration,” “queer,” and many others, these words are the nodal points in many of today's most dynamic and vexed discussions of political and social life, both inside and outside of the academy.

Here are essays by scholars working in literary studies and political economy, cultural anthropology and ethnic studies, African American history and performance studies, gender studies and political theory.

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Contents

The Construction
13
Myth and African American SelfIdentity
28
The Ambivalent Promise
43
Blackness in the Nation of Islam
101
The Latterday Saints and Racial Categorization
124
The Heart of Mexican Identity
140
Myths Shinto and Matsuri
152
Islam Arabs and Ethnicity
167
Myths of Arya Varna
181
Religious Myth and the Construction of Shona Identity
197
About the Contributors
235
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Craig R. Prentiss is Professor of Religious Studies at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri.

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