Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas


The pioneering essays collected in this volume bring critical new perspectives to the interdisciplinary study of racial, national, and religious identities. The authors demonstrate that one cannot study these categories of identity formation in isolation, but must instead examine the ways eachintersects with-and ultimately helps construct-the others. This innovative theoretical perspective sheds new light on the role of religion in shaping the lives of diverse communities throughout the Americas and forces us to reevaluate the reductive opposition between secular and religiousidentities. The twelve essays in the volume explore the ties between race, nation, and religion in ethnographic and historical detail. Topics range from Jesuit mission work to Hollywood film, manifest destiny to liberation theology, the Haitian Rara festival to American immigration law. In these andother contexts, the authors explore the intertwined histories of a hemisphere defined at the charged intersections of race, nation, and religion.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Henry Goldschmidt
  • Daniel Murphree
  • Elizabeth McAlister
  • Daniel B. Lee
  • John Burdick
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2004