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Introduction

Henry Goldschmidt

in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149180
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195149181.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction to the collection offers a theoretical overview of the relationships among race, nation, and religion as categories of collective identity formation. It argues, in brief, that these categories are always already inextricably linked and cannot be studied in isolation from each other—that they are, in fact, co-constituted categories, wholly dependent on each other for their social existence and symbolic meanings. It then explores some of the implications of this argument for our understanding of racial, national, and religious identities in the Americas and elsewhere. It focuses, above all, on a critique of the presumed secularity of racial and national identities and thus casts doubt on the popular equation of modernity and secularization.

Keywords: race; nation; religion; collective identity; co-constituted categories; secularization; modernity; the Americas

Chapter.  13634 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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