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

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

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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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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22mm | 319g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • n/a
  • 0748613021
  • 9780748613021

About Mark Hulsether

Mark Hulsether is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at the University of Tennessee. He is author of Building a Protestant Left: Christianity and Crisis Magazine, 1941-1993 (University of Tennessee Press, 1999) and numerous articles on aspects of religion, culture and society in 20th-century America.
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Wonderful. What I find most impressive is the clear-cut way Hulsether integrates religion, politics, and culture - no small task and a rarity in overviews of American religious history. It is comprehensive but also offers compelling case studies that illustrate the peculiar dynamics of twentieth century America, integrating economics, race relations, popular culture and other critical social forces into the story. This book is quite an achievement and will immediately stand out as a culturally informed, politically astute alternative guide to religion in contemporary America. -- Gary Laderman, Professor of American Religious History and Culture, Department of Religion, Emory University Wonderful. What I find most impressive is the clear-cut way Hulsether integrates religion, politics, and culture - no small task and a rarity in overviews of American religious history. It is comprehensive but also offers compelling case studies that illustrate the peculiar dynamics of twentieth century America, integrating economics, race relations, popular culture and other critical social forces into the story. This book is quite an achievement and will immediately stand out as a culturally informed, politically astute alternative guide to religion in contemporary America.
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Table of contents

Introduction; Mapping US Religion; Religion in American Studies and Cultural Studies; Strategies for Dealing with Religious Diversity; 1 Religion in North America Before the Twentieth Century; Native Americans Meet Europeans; From Red and White to Red, White, and Black; Key Players in European-American Religion During the Colonial Era; Expanding the Cast of Key Players; 2 Changes in the Religious Landscape in the Early Twentieth Century; New Key Players on the Landscape: Jews and Roman Catholics; Emergent Developments in the Protestant Mainstream; Three Final Groups, Plus Multiple Maps for Multiple Interactions of Our Key Players; 3 Religion and Social Conflict in the Early Twentieth Century; Religion, Wealth, and the Working Class; Religion and the Politics of Gender; Debates about War, Peace, and Foreign Relations; 4 Cultural Aspects of Religion in the Early Twentieth Century; Cultural Dimensions of Immigrant Religious Enclaves; Religion and Popular Culture; Battles for the Soul of Protestantism; 5 Shifts in the Religious Landscape From World War II to the Present; A Changing Map of Dazzling Religious Diversity; Collapse and Restructuring in the Old Protestant Establishment; Trends Among Other Key Players; 6 Religion and Evolving Social Conflicts from World War to the Present; Faces of African-American Religion and Politics; More on the Culture War; Thinking about the End of the World with Conservative Protestants; 7 Cultural Aspects of Religion from World War II to the Present; Creationism and the Emergence of a Postmodern Evangelicalism; Debates about Accepting Gay and Lesbian People; Religion in an Age of Consumerism; Faces of the Buddhist Sangha in America; Race and Religious Tradition in an Era of Cultural Hybridity; Mainstream Culture Warriors Respond to Rising Pluralism; Conclusion: Consensus, Pluralism, and Hegemony in US Religion; Index.
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