Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism

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Oxford University Press, Aug 26, 1999 - Social Science - 240 pages
One of the first book-length studies in decades solely devoted to religion and African-American political activism, Something Within explores how Afro-Christianity encourages political activism among African-Americans. Combining ethnography, history, contextual analysis, and survey research, this book illustrates the participatory effects of Afro-Christianity by examining its institutional, psychological, and cultural influences. Moving beyond the current debates on the subject, Fredrick C. Harris advances a new theory of religion as a political resource for a "civic culture in opposition."
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
Religious Resources in Action
12
Macro and Micro Foundations of Religious Resources
27
Black Protest and Electoral Activism in an Age of Transformation
42
Religion Personal Empowerment and AfricanAmerican Political Activism
69
Religious Institutions and AfricanAmerican Political Activism
86
Linking Religion and Intermediary Resources to Political Action
121
Religion Oppositional Culture and AfricanAmerican Political Mobilization
133
Religion and Gender in AfricanAmerican Political Life
154
Stability and Change in Religion and AfricanAmerican Politics
177
Appendix A
187
Appendix B
191
Notes
195
References
207
Index
221
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