Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Paperback | August 26, 2004

EditorHenry Goldschmidt, Elizabeth McAlister

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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 eachintersects 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 religiousidentities. 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 andother contexts, the authors explore the intertwined histories of a hemisphere defined at the charged intersections of race, nation, and religion.

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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 eachintersects with-and ultimately helps constr...

Henry Goldschmidt is Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at Wesleyan University. His research has focused on Black-Jewish difference in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. Elizabeth McAlister is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and in the programs in American Studies, African-American Studies, and Lati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:August 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"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 treatingthe constitution of collective identities in comparative perspective." --Albert J. Raboteau, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion, Princeton University