Black Reconstruction: Thinking Blackness and Rethinking Class in Late Capitalist America

Part of the New Approaches to Religion and Power book series (NARP)


How do we think religion, theology, and class? How do we critically engage this problematic when we consider the development and evolution of invidious conceptions of race and antiblackness in the modern world? With what conceptual categories, what theoretical frameworks, and what analytical methods and normative underpinnings?


Black Community Black Worker White Supremacy Dominant Logic African American Cultural 
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