Religion and the Creation of Race and Ethnicity: An Introduction

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Religion and the Creation of Race and Ethnicity is 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: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Joel Martin, Jacob Neusner, Roberto S. Goizueta, Laurie Patton, and Michael A. Sells.

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

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“Addresses the social construction of race in a most useful way. Far too many American books on “race” treat race and racism as a simplistic bi-lateral Black versus White problem. This volume brings together scholars who address the concern in a much broader context from racism experienced by Native Americans and other Peoples of Color in North America to the dynamics of racialization in Africa, Japan, or Bosnia-Herzegovina. The authors give special attention to the religious factor in racialization processes, with attention, for instance, to Islam and Hindu contexts. This is an extremely insightful collection that will considerably broaden the discussion about race and ethnicity; it will prove useful in the classroom for years to come.”
-George E. “Tink” Tinker (Osage),Iliff School of Theology



“The essays in this volume make a significant contribution to the scholarship on the interrelationships among religion and race and ethnicity.”
-Choice



“This book intends to speak to a general audience, and . . . it succeeds very well.”
-Multicultural Review

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