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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822345668

ISBN-13: 9780822345664

Pub. Date: 12/02/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Creating Ourselves is a unique effort to lay the cultural and theological groundwork for cross-cultural collaboration between the African and Latino/a American communities. In the introduction, the editors contend that given overlapping histories and interests of the two communities, they should work together to challenge social injustices. Acknowledging

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Creating Ourselves is a unique effort to lay the cultural and theological groundwork for cross-cultural collaboration between the African and Latino/a American communities. In the introduction, the editors contend that given overlapping histories and interests of the two communities, they should work together to challenge social injustices. Acknowledging that dialogue is a necessary precursor to collaboration, they maintain that African and Latino/a Americans need to cultivate the habit of engaging “the other” in substantive conversation. Toward that end, they have brought together theologians and scholars of religion from both communities. The contributors offer broadly comparative exchanges about the religious and theological significance of various forms of African American and Latino/a popular culture, including representations of the body, literature, music, television, visual arts, and cooking.

Corresponding to a particular form of popular culture, each section features two essays, one by an African American scholar and one by a Latino/a scholar, as well as a short response by each scholar to the other’s essay. The essays and responses are lively, varied, and often personal. One contributor puts forth a “brown” theology of hip hop that celebrates hybridity, contradiction, and cultural miscegenation. Another analyzes the content of the message transmitted by African American evangelical preachers who have become popular sensations through television broadcasts, video distribution, and Internet promotions. The other essays include a theological reading of the Latina body, a consideration of the “authenticity” of representations of Jesus as white, a theological account of the popularity of telenovelas, and a reading of African American ideas of paradise in one of Toni Morrison’s novels. Creating Ourselves helps to make popular culture available as a resource for theology and religious studies and for facilitating meaningful discussions across racial and ethnic boundaries.

Contributors. Teresa Delgado, James H. Evans Jr., Joseph De León, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Angel F. Méndez Montoya, Alexander Nava, Anthony B. Pinn, Mayra Rivera, Suzanne E. Hoeferkamp Segovia, Benjamín Valentín, Jonathan L. Walton, Traci C. West, Nancy Lynne Westfield, Sheila F. Winborne

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822345664
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/02/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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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