Book: Key Categories in the Study of Religion
Chapter: 9. Reworking Our Schemes
Building on Richard Newton’s reference to the Combahee River Collective, I use the Collective’s strategy for re-imagining the prevailing classificatory model for personhood as a starting point to move us toward reconstituting the relationship between religion and race as schemes for social ordering. This essay theorizes religion and race as positioning instruments made effective by linking the historical and the contingent to the eternal and the permanent through a discourse that conjures the latter to shape the conditions of the former.