Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans on Popular Culture and Religious Expression

Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans on Popular Culture and Religious Expression

by Anthony B. Pinn
     
 

Analyzes the religious and theological significance of African-American and Hispanic-American popular culture, structured in part as a dialogue between scholars from both ethnic groups.

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Analyzes the religious and theological significance of African-American and Hispanic-American popular culture, structured in part as a dialogue between scholars from both ethnic groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822345664
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. His many books include Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music, The Black Church in the Post-Civil Rights Era, and Varieties of African American Religious Experience.

Benjamin Valentin is Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Orlando E. Costas Lectureship in Latino(a) Theology at the Andover Newton Theological School. He is the author of Mapping Public Theology: Beyond Culture, Identity, and Difference and the editor of New Horizons in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology. Pinn and Valentin are the editors of The Ties That Bind: African American and Hispanic American/Latino(a) Theologies in Dialogue.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part One. Thinking About Religion and Culture

Cultural Production and New Terrain: Theology, Popular Culture, and the Cartography of Religion / Anthony B. Pinn 13

Benjamín Valentín's Response 34

Tracings: Sketching the Cultural Geographies of Latino and Latina Theology / Benjamín Valentín 38

Anthony B. Pinn's Response 62

Part Two. Constructing Bodies and Representation

Memory of Flesh: Theological Reflections on Word and Flesh / Mayra Rivera 69

Traci C. West's Response 90

Using Women: Racist Representation and Cross-Racial Ethics / Traci C. West 95

Mayra Rivera's Response 114

Part Three. Literature and Religion

This Day in Paradise: The Search for Human Fulfillment in Toni Morrison's Paradise / James H. Evans Jr. 119

Teresa Delgado's Response 133

Freedom is Our Own: Toward a Puerto Rican Emancipation Theology / Teresa Delgado 138

James H. Evans Jr.'s Response 173

Part Four. Music and Religion

The Browning of Theological Thought in Hip-Hop Generation / Alexa Nava 181

Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan's Response 199

The Theo-poetic Theological Ethics of Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur / Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan 204

Alex Nava's Response 224

Part Five. Television and Religion

TV "Profits": An Examination of the Electronic Church Phenomenon and Its Impact on Intellectual Activity within African American Religious Practices / Jonathan Walton 231

Joseph De León's Response 249

Telenovelas and Transcendence: Social Dramas as Theological Theater / Joseph De León 253

Jonathan Walton's Response 271

Part Six. Visual Arts and Religion

Theology as Imaginative Construction: An Analysis of The Work of Three Latina Artists / Suzanne E. Hoeferkamp Segovia 277

Sheila F. Winborne's Response 302

The Theological Significance of Normative Preferences in Visual Art Creation and Interpretation / Sheila F. Winborne 306

Suzanne E. Hoerferkamp Segovia's Sresponse 331

Part Seven. Food and Religion

She Put Her Foot in the Pot: Table Fellowship as a Practice of Political Activism / Lynne Westfield 339

Angel F. Méndez Montoya's Response 356

The Making of Mexican Mole and Alimentary Theology in the Making / Angel F. Méndez Montoya 360

Lynne Westfield's Response 384

Bibliography 387

Contributors 405

Index 409

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