The Forging of Races

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The Forging of Races

By Colin Kidd

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This book revolutionises our understanding of race. Building upon the insight that races are products of culture rather than biology, Colin Kidd demonstrates that the Bible - the key text in Western culture - has left a vivid imprint on modern racial theories and prejudices. Fixing his attention on the changing relationship between race and theology in the Protestant Atlantic world between 1600 and 2000 Kidd shows that, while the Bible itself is colour-blind, its interpreters have imported racial significance into the scriptures. Kidd's study probes the theological anxieties which lurked behind the confident facade of of white racial supremacy in the age of empire and race slavery, as well as the ways in which racialist ideas left their mark upon new forms of religiosity. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the histories of race or religion.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> History of the Americas

The Forging of Races
Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1600–2000
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/7/06
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511242859
ISBN 13: 9780511242854
Print ISBN: 9780521793247

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