Creating ourselves : African Americans and Hispanic Americans on popular culture and religious expression / Anthony B. Pinn and Benjamín Valentín, editors. - Durham, [NC] : Duke University Press, 2009. - 432 p. ; 25 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [387]-403) and index.

Cultural production and new terrain : theology, popular culture, and the cartography of religion / Anthony B. Pinn -- Benjamín Valentíns response -- Tracings : sketching the cultural geographies of Latino and Latina theology / Benjamín Valentín -- Anthony B. Pinn's response -- Memory of the flesh : theological reflections on word and flesh / Mayra Rivera -- Traci C. West's response -- Using women : racist representations and cross-racial ethics / Traci C. West -- Mayra Rivera's response -- This day in paradise : the search for human fulfillment in Toni Morrison's Paradise / James H. Evans Jr -- Teresa Delgado's response -- Freedom is our own : toward a Puerto Rican emancipation theology / Teresa Delgado -- The browning of theological thought in the hip-hop generation / Alex Nava -- Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan's response -- The theo-poetic theological ethics of Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur / Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan -- Alex Nava's response -- TV "profits" : an examination of the electronic church phenomenon and its impact on intellectual activity within African American religious practices / Jonathan Walton -- Joseph de León's response -- Telenovelas and transcendence : social dramas as theological theater / Joseph De León -- Jonathan Walton's response -- Theology as imaginative construction : an analysis of the work of three Latina artists / Suzanne E. Hoeferkamp Segovia -- Sheila F. Winborne's response -- The theological significance of normative preferences in visual art creation and interpretation / Sheila F. Winborne -- Suzanne E. Hoeferkamp Segovia's response -- She put her foot in the pot : table fellowship as a practice of political activism / Lynne Westfield -- Angel F. Méndez Montoya's response -- The making of Mexican mole and alimentary theology in the making / Angel F. Méndez Montoya -- Lynne Westfield's response.

Creating Ourselves is a unique effort to lay the cultural and theological groundwork for cross-cultural collaboration between the African American and U.S. Latino/a communities. Acknowledging that dialog is a necessary precursor to collaboration, the editors of this collection maintain that African and Latino/a Americans need to cultivate the habit of engaging "the other" in substantive conversation. Toward that end, they have brought together theologians and scholars of religion from both communities. The contributors offer broadly comparative exchanges about the religious and theological significance of various forms of African American and Latino/a popular culture, including representations of the body, literature, music, television, visual arts, and cooking. Each section examines a particular form of popular culture and includes two essays, one by an African American scholar and one by a Latino/a scholar, as well as a short response by each scholar to the other's essay. The essays and responses are lively, varied, and often personal. Creating Ourselves helps to make popular culture available as a resource for theology and religious studies and for facilitating meaningful discussions across racial and ethnic boundaries.

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African Americans--Religion.
Hispanic Americans--Religion
Popular culture--United States.
Popular culture--Religious aspects

United States--Ethnic relations

BR563.N4 / C74 2009

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