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Book: Key Categories in the Study of Religion

Chapter: 10. That's a Racist Question: Interrogating Racism in the Study of American Religions

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.39450


This chapter responds to Richard Newton's thesis by excavating American religious history through a recognition of the racist past of religious studies and a productive reckoning with that past. To do this, the chapter acknowledges that scholars of religion must recognize the ways the field has historically reproduced structures of racism and think critically about our own roles in the use and perpetuation of those structures via the category of race.

Chapter Contributors

  • Martha Smith Roberts ( - mlsmith) 'Dennison University'