This course examines how and in whose interests American concepts of and about “religion” have been produced. What cultural sites (the courts, the media, schools, the academy) are most influential in producing ideas about religion-in-general, or about particular kinds of religion? Who has the power to determine what groups are recognized as legitimate and therefore constitutionally protected religions? What is imagined to be the appropriate scope of religion’s impact in public life—is it primarily a private concern, or is it relevant to public interests? What relationship do such concepts of religion have with the politics of race, class, gender, and colonialism?
This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.
Yale Divinity SchoolInstitution
Private College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Graduate Course Class Type
2009 Date Published
Religious Studies, History Discipline
General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Other Christianities, Other Traditions Religous Tradition
Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity Topics