Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

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Henry Goldschmidt, Elizabeth McAlister
Oxford University Press, USA, Aug 12, 2004 - Social Science - 338 pages
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This collection of all new essays will explore the complex and unstable articulations of race and religion that have helped to produce "Black," "White," "Creole," "Indian," "Asian," and other racialized identities and communities in the Americas. Drawing on original research in a range of disciplines, the authors will investigate: 1) how the intertwined categories of race and religion have defined, and been defined by, global relations of power and inequality; 2) how racial and religious identities shape the everyday lives of individuals and communities; and 3) how racialized and marginalized communities use religion and religious discourses to contest the persistent power of racism in societies structured by inequality. Taken together, these essays will define a new standard of critical conversation on race and religion throughout the Americas.
 

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Contents

Race Nation and Religion
3
Heathens and Jews in the Colonial Imagination
33
Constructing and Critiquing White Christianities
83
Race and Nation in the Mission Field
131
Segregation Congregation and the North American Racial Binary
181
Policing the Racial and Religious Boundaries of Civilization
229
Sense and Sensuality in Rituals and Representations of Race
281
Index
329
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Henry Goldschmidt, Assistant Professor of Religion and Society, Wesleyan University. Elizabeth McAlister, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and in the programs in American Studies, African-American Studies, and Latin American Studies, Wesleyan University.

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