Religion and the Social Construction of Race|
AFAM 280, AMST 297|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
In this course we examine aspects of the intersections between race and religion in a number of historical and social contexts. We place at the center of our discussions the question of how race and religion are co-constructed categories that function as a prism through which people come to understand and experience their own identities and those of others. We will privilege interpretations that emphasize (a) the intersections of race and religion as a process in which power plays a pivotal role; and (b) means through which communities form collective identities.
We will read a range of historical analysis and primary source materials from the United States and the Caribbean. After a theory module, we will examine a colonial-era captivity narrative, antebellum pro-slavery document, missionary works, analyses of anti-Semitism, works on Father Divine, the Nation of Islam, Rastafari, Haitian Vodou, Jonestown, the Christian White Supremacy movement, as well as the contemporary United States relationship to the Middle East.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(AMST)(CBST-MN)(CIVI-MN)(EDST)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Only those starred are recommended for purchase.
Michael Barkun, RELIGION AND THE RACIST RIGHT: THE ORIGINS OF THE CHRISTIAN IDENTITY MOVEMENT
Leonard Barrett, THE RASTAFARIANS
*David Chidester, SALVATION AND SUICIDE
*Jill Watts, GOD, HARLEM U.S.A., THE FATHER DIVINE STORY
*Melani McAlister, EPIC ENCOUNTERS
Sander Gilman, THE JEW'S BODY
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Attendance, weekly response papers, three critical essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills a "Method & Theory" OR "Thematic Approach" requirement for Religion majors. AFAM students may fulfill their research paper requirement, in consultation with the professor.
|Instructor(s): McAlister,Elizabeth Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SQU110; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 22||SR major: 8||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: 0|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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