Religion and the Creation of Race and Ethnicity An Introduction

ISBN-10: 081476701X

ISBN-13: 9780814767016

Edition: 2003

Authors: Craig R. Prentiss

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View the Table of Contents .nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Introduction . "This book intends to speak to a general audience, and... it succeeds very well." Multicultural Review "The essays in this volume make a significant contribution to the scholarship on the interrelationships among religion and race and ethnicity." Choice Religion and the Creation of Race and Ethnicityis the first collection devoted to demonstrating the role that religion and myth have played in the creation of the categories of "race" and "ethnicity." When scholars approach religion and race, they tend to focus on such issues as how African Americans have expressed Christianity, or how Japanese or Mexicans have lived "religiously." This volume, meant specifically for those new to the field, brings together an ensemble of prominent scholars and illuminates instead the role religious myths have played in shaping those very social boundaries that we call "races" and "ethnicities." It asks, what part did Christianity play in creating "Blackness"? To what extent was Japanese or Mexican identity itself the product of religious life? The text, comprised of all original material, introduces readers to the social construction of race and ethnicity and the ways in which these concepts are shaped by religious narratives. It offers examples from both the U.S. and around the world, exploring these themes in the context of places as diverse as Bosnia, India, Japan, Mexico, Zimbabwe, and the Middle East. The volume helps make the case that any account of the social construction of race and ethnicity will be incomplete if it fails to consider the influence of religious traditions and myths. Contributors include Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Joel Martin, Jacob Neusner, Roberto S. Goizueta, Laurie Patton, and Michael A. Sells.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 243
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Craig R. Prentiss is Professor of Religious Studies at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri.

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