African American Religion: Varieties of Protest and Accommodation / Edition 2

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Overview

Now in an updated second edition, African American Religion remains an invaluable overview of the great diversity of religious groups within the modern African American community. This plethora of forms reflects a tension that has characterized African American religion since its beginnings—a tension between accommodation to and protest against white society's domination.

Viewing African American sectarianism as a response to racism and social stratification in the larger society, the authors trace the history, beliefs, social organization, and ritual content of religious groups in four types of sects. These include the Black mainline churches; messianic-nationalist sects, such as the Nation of Islam; conversionist sects, such as the Holiness-Pentecostal groups and Primitive Baptists; and thaumaturgical sects, including the Spiritual churches.

For this new edition, the authors have incorporated research that has appeared since the book’s original appearance in 1992 and have added two new chapters—“African Religious Healing and Folk Medicine” and “African American Sacred Music”—because of these topics’ enormous significance to the African American religious experience.

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Baer (sociology and anthropology, U. of Arkansas) and Singer (research director, Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, Connecticut) present a broad overview of the structure of an array of African American experiences with religion with an approach characterized by methodological agnosticism. After briefly examining the emergence and development of African American religion, they concentrate on the 20th century, arguing that the religious experience was characterized by contrasting strategies of accommodation with white power structures and resistance to it. The discuss the socioeconomic factors that led to the growth in variability and attempt to type black sectarianism as a response to racial stratification. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572331860
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,446,722
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans A. Baer is professor of anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A past president of the Southern Anthropological Society, he has published nine books, including African-American Religion in the Twentieth Century (with Merrill Singer).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
Introduction: Varieties of Protest and Accommodation
1 The Cultural Background 1
2 Religious Diversification during the Era of Advanced Industrial Capitalism 27
3 Mainstream Churches 61
4 Messianic-Nationalist Sects 113
5 Conversionist Sects 152
6 Thaumaturgical Sects 183
7 Social Transformations in African American Religions 216
8 African American Religious Healing and Folk Medicine 232
9 Praise and Protest: African American Religious Music 245
Conclusion 273
References 286
Index 323
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