Religion and the Social Construction of Race|
Spring 2011 not offered
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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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)
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.
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