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Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas - Henry Goldschmidt

Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

By: Henry Goldschmidt (Editor), Elizabeth McAlister (Editor)

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Published: 1st July 2004
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The pioneering essays collected in this volume bring critical new perspectives to the interdisciplinary study of racial, national, and religious identities. The authors demonstrate that one cannot study these categories of identity formation in isolation, but must instead examine the ways each intersects with-and ultimately helps construct-the others. This innovative theoretical perspective sheds new light on the role of religion in shaping the lives of diverse communities throughout the Americas and forces us to reevaluate the reductive opposition between secular and religious identities. The twelve essays in the volume explore the ties between race, nation, and religion in ethnographic and historical detail. Topics range from Jesuit mission work to Hollywood film, manifest destiny to liberation theology, the Haitian Rara festival to American immigration law. In these and other contexts, the authors explore the intertwined histories of a hemisphere defined at the charged intersections of race, nation, and religion.

"Even though race, religion, and nation are concepts that have been challenged and deconstructed, their social and symbolic power is unquestioned. This collection is an important step in exposing and illuminating their convergences."--HOICE "The complex relationship between race, nationality, and religion is currently one of the most important topics in the study of American culture. The essays in this book analyze the subject in sophisticated and fascinating ways and the volume as a whole is particularly valuable for treating the constitution of collective identities in comparative perspective." --Albert J. Raboteau, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion, Princeton University "Even though race, religion, and nation are concepts that have been challenged and deconstructed, their social and symbolic power is unquestioned. This collection is an important step in exposing and illuminating their convergences."--HOICE "The complex relationship between race, nationality, and religion is currently one of the most important topics in the study of American culture. The essays in this book analyze the subject in sophisticated and fascinating ways and the volume as a whole is particularly valuable for treating the constitution of collective identities in comparative perspective." --Albert J. Raboteau, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion, Princeton University

Introduction : race, nation, and religionp. 3
"Heathens" and "Jews" in the colonial imagination
Race and religion on the periphery : disappointment and missionization in the Spanish Floridas, 1566-1763p. 35
The Jew in the Haitian imagination : a popular history of anti-Judaism and proto-racismp. 61
Constructing and critiquing white Christianities
A great racial commission : religion and the construction of white Americap. 85
The Catholic afro mass and the dance of eurocentrism in Brazilp. 111
Race and nation in the mission field
"Marked in body, mind, and spirit" : home missionaries and the remaking of race and nationp. 133
"In search of souls, in search of Indians" : religion and the "Indian problem" in Northern Mexicop. 157
Segregation, congregation, and the North American racial binary
Catholics, creoles, and the redefinition of race in New Orleansp. 183
Beyond the binary : revisiting father divine, daddy Grace, and their ministriesp. 209
Policing the racial and religious boundaries of "Civilization"
Legislating "civilization" in postrevolutionary Haitip. 231
The civilization of white men : the race of the Hindu in United States v. Bhagat Singh Thindp. 259
Sense and sensuality in rituals and representations of race
The house of Saint Benedict, the house of father John : umbanda aesthetics and a politics of the sensesp. 283
Projecting blackness : African-American religion in the hollywood imaginationp. 305
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ISBN: 9780195149197
ISBN-10: 019514919X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.5