When race, religion and democracy collide

September 9, 2011

From the events of September 11 nearly ten years ago to the recent acts of terrorism in Norway, race, religion and democracy continue to collide in tragic ways. A new issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (published by SAGE) titled “Race, Religion, and Late Democracy,” looks at the intersections of all three and further examines their predictors and aftermath.

“In a democracy, we, the people, try to make sure, of course, that the loudest voices listen to the softest ones, at least some of the time,” wrote issue co-editors John L. Jackson, Jr and David Kyuman Kim.

To help explore the issues around race, religion and democracy, Jackson and Kim sought work from prominent contributors who research and analyze where these issues meet. This issue of The ANNALS examines the symbiotic connections shared by race, religion, and democracy, and calls for reframing the existing discourse on democracy to reflect the mutually inclusive nature of these forces. The authors show that race and religion can be sources for humanizing democratic possibilities and explore the relationship between democratic governance and commitments that citizens have to racial solidarities and religious beliefs around the world.

The issue titled “Race, Religion, and Late Democracy” is available to purchase at http://www.sagepub.com/journals/Journal200750?siteId=sage-us&prodTypes=any&q=The+ANNALs.

The introduction written by the co-editors is available free for a limited time at: http://ann.sagepub.com/content/637/1/6.full.pdf+html.

“Race, Religion, and Late Democracy” features the following contributions:

  • Introduction: “Democracy’s Anxious Returns” by David Kyuman Kim and John L. Jackson, Jr.
  • “‘Look, Baby, We Got Jesus on Our Flag’: Robust Democracy and Religious Debate from the Era of Slavery to the Age of Obama” by Edward Blum
  • “Forerunner: The Campaigns and Career of Edward Brooke” by Jason Sokol
  • “Iran’s French Revolution: Religion, Philosophy, and Crowds” by Roxanne Varzi
  • “Democracy’s New Song: Black Reconstruction in America, 1860� and the Melodramatic Imagination” by Marina Bilbija
  • “Habits of the Heart: Youth Religious Participation as Progress, Peril, or Change?” by Monica R. Miller and Ezekiel J. Dixon-Román
  • “Populism and Late Liberalism: A Special Affinity?” by Jean Comaroff
  • “Chadors, Feminists, Terror: The Racial Politics of U.S. Media Representations of the 1979 Iranian Women’s Movement” by Sylvia Chan-Malik
  • “The End of Neoliberalism? What is Left of the Left” by John Comaroff
  • “Religion as Race, Recognition as Democracy: Lemba ‘Black Jews’ in South Africa” by Noah Tamarkin
  • “The Race toward Caraqueño Citizenship: Negotiating Race, Class, and Participatory Democracy” by Giles Harrison-Conwill
  • “The Racialization of Islam in American Law” by Neil Gotanda

For media to receive a copy of any of the articles listed above, please contact Ashley Wrye at ashley.wrye@sagepub.com.

Since 1889, The American Academy of Political and Social Science has served as a forum for the free exchange of ideas among the well informed and intellectually curious. In this era of specialization, few scholarly periodicals cover the scope of societies and politics like The ANNALS. Each volume is guest edited by outstanding scholars and experts in the topics studied and presents more than 200 pages of timely, in-depth research on a significant topic of concern. http://ann.sagepub.com/

SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC. www.sagepublications.com

Contact: Ashley Loar
SAGE Publications


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