Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society

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Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas
NYU Press, Aug 1, 2006 - Religion - 331 pages
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Womanist approaches to the study of religion and society have contributed much to our understanding of Black religious life, activism, and women's liberation. Deeper Shades of Purple explores the achievements of this movement over the past two decades and evaluates some of the leading voices and different perspectives within this burgeoning field.

Deeper Shades of Purple brings together a who's who of scholars in the study of Black women and religion who view their scholarship through a womanist critical lens. The contributors revisit Alice Walker's definition of womanism for its viability for the approaches to discourses in religion of Black women scholars. Whereas Walker has defined what it means to be womanist, these contributors define what it means to practice womanism, and illuminate how womanism has been used as a vantage point for the theoretical orientations and methodological approaches of Black women scholar-activists.

Contributors: Karen Baker-Fletcher, Katie G. Cannon, M. Shawn Copeland, Kelly Brown Douglas, Carol B. Duncan, Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, Rachel Elizabeth Harding, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, Melanie L. Harris, Diana L. Hayes, Dwight N. Hopkins, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Kwok Pui-Lan, Daisy L. Machado, Debra Majeed, Anthony B. Pinn, Rosetta Ross, Letty M. Russell, Shani Settles, Dianne M. Stewart, Raedorah Stewart-Dodd, Emilie M. Townes, Traci C. West, and Nancy Lynne Westfield.

 

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Contents

Writing for Our LivesWomanism as
1
When Mama Was God poem
17
Black Girlhood
29
A Muslim Scholar
38
The Making
54
ReflectingBlack poem
80
A Southern
98
Mama Why ? A Womanist Epistemology of Hope
128
Overcoming
176
Womanist Visions of Osun as
191
Nevertheless in Stark Contradiction poem
209
The Womanist Movement
226
they came because of the wailing poem
251
A White Feminist Response
260
A Latina Response
270
Being Human in Black Folk Tales
282

Ive Been Mixed Like Cornbread poem
143
A Womanist Journey
158
Is a Womanist a Black Feminist? Marking the Distinctions
291
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About the author (2006)

Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas is Associate Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Her books include Mining the Motherlode: Methods in Womanist Ethics, Black Church Studies: An Introduction and Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society (NYU Press, 2007).