Gender, Ethnicity, And Religion

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New vectors in the study of religion and theology

The study of religion and the practice of theology have been transformed in recent years by incorporating new perspectives on race, ethnicity, and gender. This volume of work by twelve young scholars highlights new work at this fruitful nexus.

In historical and social studies, new methodologies from social theory, cultural anthropology, and gender studies have emerged that take religion explicitly into account and thereby illumine other cultural values. In theology, too, increased appreciation for the cultural location of all theologies and theologians has led to more contextual theologies and cultural-specific religious insights.

The volume sheds particular light on the role of religious agency in African American and Caribbean social transformations (such as post-Civil-War laws and the lunch-counter struggles of the 1960s) and religious practices (such as folk healing, church women's roles in turn-of-the-century New Orleans, religious music). But the volume also offers new, ethnically influenced theological perspectives: specific contributions to Carribean, Cuban, womanist theologies and explorations of sacramental theology, ecotheology, and spirituality. Introduced by Rosemary Ruether, contributors include:
*Jacqueline Battolora
*Rosalind Hinton
*Elaine Caldbeck
*Sue Horner
*Barbara Issacs
*Stephanie Mitchem
*Jocelyn Azada
*Margarita Suarez
*Jennifer Simpson
*Barbara Flores
*Kimberly Willis
*Rita Lester
*Patricia Ann Johnson.

About the Editor
Rosemary Radford Ruether is Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology at Garrett-EvangelicalTheological Seminary and author of, among other titles, Women and Redemption (Fortress Press, 1998).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800635695
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Whiteness: The Workings of an Ideology in American Society and Culture 3
2 Climbing Jacob's Ladder: Alma Lillie Hubbard's Musical Career in New Orleans, 1900-1932 24
3 The Poetry of Pauli Murray, African American Civil Rights Lawyer and Priest 45
4 The Lunch Counter Struggle, 1960-1963: Women Remapping Boundaries of Race, Gender, and Vocation 66
5 Trying to Be God in the World: The Story of the Evangelical Women's Caucus and the Crisis over Homosexuality 99
6 Diaspora Economics: Filipino American Families and Globalization 125
7 The Garifuna Dugu Ritual in Belize: A Celebration of Relationships 144
8 Across the Kitchen Table: Cuban Women Pastors and Theology 173
9 Womanist Theology as Counter-Narrative 197
10 Claiming the "Fearsome Possibility": Toward a Contextual Christology of Disability 215
11 The Nature of Nature: Ecofeminism and Environmental Racism in America 230
12 "To Make the Wounded Whole": Womanist Explorations of Reconciliation 247
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