Hymns and Constructions of Race: Mobility, Agency, De/Coloniality

Erin Johnson-Williams (Editor), Philip Timothy Burnett (Editor)

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Hymns and Constructions of Race: Mobility, Agency, De/Coloniality examines how the hymn, historically and today, has reinforced, negotiated, and resisted constructions of race. It brings together diverse perspectives from musicology, ethnomusicology, theology, anthropology, performance studies, history, and postcolonial scholarship to show how the hymn has perpetuated, generated, and challenged racial identities.

The global range of contributors cover a variety of historical and geographical contexts, with case studies from China and Brazil to Suriname and South Africa. They explore the hymn as a product of imperialism and settler colonialism and as a vehicle for sonic oppression and/or resistance, within and beyond congregational settings. The volume contends that the lived tradition of hymn-singing, with its connections to centuries of global Christian mission, is a particularly apt lens for examining both local and global negotiations of race, power, and identity. It will be relevant for scholars interested in religion, music, race, and postcolonialism.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages258
ISBN (Electronic)9781003356677
ISBN (Print)9781032394534, 9781032411866
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2024

Publication series

NameCongregational Music Studies Series

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