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Religion and Culture in Post-Civil Rights Black America

This is an advanced-level seminar on African American religion and culture open to graduate students, and advanced undergraduates with prior background in the subject. More specifically, this course centers its queries around developments during the period commonly referred to as the “post-Civil Rights era,” (but which has also often been framed through the related rhetorics of “postmodern,” “postcolonial” and “post-Soul”). To this end, readings and discussions will explore black culture—both within formal religious traditions, but also more broadly as they are revealed in the arts, politics and popular culture—during the latter half of the twentieth century. Additionally, specific attention will be paid to major themes, challenges, questions and quandaries that have shaped the inter-disciplinary study of African American religion in recent years.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Josef Sorett

Columbia University

Private College or University
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Undergraduate Course, Graduate Course, Seminar
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Religious Studies, American Studies

General Comparative Traditions
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Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Popular Culture/Media/Music/Sports, Race/Ethnicity

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