Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism

Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism

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by Jonathan L. Walton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814794173

ISBN-13: 9780814794173

Pub. Date: 02/01/2009

Publisher: New York University Press

Through their constant television broadcasts, mass video distributions, and printed publications, African American religious broadcasters have a seemingly ubiquitous presence in popular culture. They are on par with popular entertainers and athletes in the African American community as cultural icons even as they are criticized by others for taking advantage of the

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Through their constant television broadcasts, mass video distributions, and printed publications, African American religious broadcasters have a seemingly ubiquitous presence in popular culture. They are on par with popular entertainers and athletes in the African American community as cultural icons even as they are criticized by others for taking advantage of the devout in order to subsidize their lavish lifestyles.

For these reasons questions abound. Do televangelists proclaim the message of the gospel or a message of greed? Do they represent the "authentic" voice of the black church or the Christian Right in blackface? Does the phenomenon reflect orthodox "Christianity" or ethnocentric "Americaninity" wrapped in religious language?

Watch This! seeks to move beyond such polarizing debates by critically delving into the dominant messages and aesthetic styles of African American televangelists and evaluating their ethical implications.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814794173
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Religion, Race, and Ethnicity Series
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prelude
Invocation: Time to Tune In: The Phenomenon of African American Religious Broadcasting
1 We Too Sing America: Racial Invisibility, Respectability, and the Roots of Black Religious Broadcasting
2 Something Within: The Cultural Sources of Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II
3 Standing on the Promises: Diversity and Change within Contemporary Black Christian Practices
4 Come, Ye Disconsolate: The Ministry of Bishop T. D. Jakes
5 We Are Soldiers! The Ministry of Bishop Eddie L. Long
6 Fill My Cup, Lord: The Ministry of Pastors Creflo and Taffi Dollar
7 The Reasons Why We Sing: The Competing Rituals of Self-Affirmation and Social Accommodation
8 Lift Every Voice: Authority, Ideology, and the Implications of Religious Broadcasting for the Black Church
Benediction: Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Aamon17 More than 1 year ago
This is $10 on the Kindle. Why so pricey here?