Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism

Paperback | April 15, 2001

byFredrick C. Harris

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One of the first book-length studies in decades solely devoted to religion and African-American political activism, Something Within explores how Afro-Christianity encourages political activism among African-Americans. Combining ethnography, history, contextual analysis, and survey research,this book illustrates the participatory effects of Afro-Christianity by examining its institutional, psychological, and cultural influences. Moving beyond the current debates on the subject, Fredrick C. Harris advances a new theory of religion as a political resource for a "civic culture inopposition."

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One of the first book-length studies in decades solely devoted to religion and African-American political activism, Something Within explores how Afro-Christianity encourages political activism among African-Americans. Combining ethnography, history, contextual analysis, and survey research,this book illustrates the participatory effec...

Fredrick C. Harris is at University of Rochester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.79 × 8.9 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195145953

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Table of Contents

I. IntroductionII. When a Little Becomes Much: Religious Resources in ActionIII. Prophetic Fragments: Macro and Micro Foundations of Religious ResourcesIV. Religion Reconsidered: Black Protest and Electoral Activism in an Age of TransformationV. Blessed Assurance: Religion, Personal Empowerment, and African-American Political ActivismVI. Rock in a Weary Land: Religion Institutions and African-American Political ActivismVII. Ties That Bind: Organizational and Psychological Dynamics of Religious ResourcesVIII. The Last Shall Be First: Religion, Oppositional Culture, and African-American Political MobilizationIX. In My Father's House: Religion and Gender in African-American Political LifeX. (Epilogue) It Remains to be Seen: Stability and Change in Religion and African-American PoliticsAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex

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"This book is a fine example of how ethnographic and quantitative research methods can be combined to tell a full, rich story. Using multiple methods and multiple data sources, Harris writes a highly academic, theoretically insightful book that is also an interesting read. In the process hesuccessfully reveals much more about the nature and complexity of the relationship between religion and politics in the African American community than has been appreciated by scholars before."--American Political Science Review