Religion, Culture, and Politics in the Twentieth-Century United States

Synopsis

Anyone who seeks to understand the dynamics of culture and politics in the United States must grapple with the importance of religion in its many diverse and contentious manifestations. With conservative evangelicals forming the base of the Republican Party, racial-ethnic communities often organised along religious lines, and social-political movements on the left including major religious components, many of the country's key cultural-political debates are carried out through religious discourse. Thus it is misleading either to think of the US as a secular society in which religion is marginal, or to work with overly narrow understandings of religion which treat it as monolithically conservative or concerned primarily with otherworldly issues. In this volume, Mark Hulsether introduces the key players and offers a select group of case studies that explore how these players have interacted with major themes and events in US cultural history. Students in American Studies and Cultural Studies will appreciate how he frames his analysis using categories such as cultural hegemony, race and gender contestation, popular culture, and empire. Key Features:
• Provides a concise introduction to the field
• Balances a stress on religious diversity with attention to power conflicts within multiculturalism
• Dramatizes the internal complexity and dynamism of religious communities
• Brings religious issues into the field of cultural studies, building bridges that can enable more informed and constructive discussion of religion in these fields
• Provides an integrated view of religion and its importance in recent US history.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2007