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Religion and the Social Construction of Race


RELI 391
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 280, AMST 297
Certificates: Civic Engagement
Course Cluster: Christianity Studies

In this course we examine aspects of the intersections between "race" and "religion" in a number of historical and social contexts. We place at the center of our discussions the question of how race and religion are co-constructed categories that function as a prism through which people come to understand and experience their own identities and those of others. We will privilege interpretations that emphasize: a) the intersections of "race" and "religion" as a process in which power plays a pivotal role; and b) means through which communities form collective identities.

We will read a range of historical analysis and primary source materials from the U.S. and the Caribbean. After a theory module, we will examine a colonial-era captivity narrative, antebellum pro-slavery document, missionary works, analyses of anti-Semitism, works on Father Divine, the Nation of Islam, Rastafari, Haitian Vodou, Jonestown, the Christian ! White Supremacy movement, as well as the contemporary U.S. relationship to the Middle East.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(AMST)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on APR-20-2014
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