Religion, Culture, and Politics in the Twentieth-Century United States

Mark Hulsether

Columbia University Press

Religion, Culture, and Politics in the Twentieth-Century United States

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Pub Date: August 2007

ISBN: 9780231144032

192 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: August 2007

ISBN: 9780231144025

192 Pages

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Religion, Culture, and Politics in the Twentieth-Century United States

Mark Hulsether

Columbia University Press

Anyone who seeks to understand the dynamics of culture and politics in the United States must grapple with the importance of religion in its many diverse and contentious manifestations. With conservative evangelicals forming the base of the Republican Party, racial-ethnic communities often organized along religious lines, and socio-political movements on the left including major religious components, many of the country's key cultural-political debates are carried out through religious discourse.

In this volume, Mark Hulsether leads readers on a tour of religion in the United States. He introduces key players and offers a set of case studies to explore the interaction of these players with major trends in U.S. cultural history. Students in American studies and cultural studies will especially appreciate how Hulsether frames his analysis using categories such as cultural hegemony, race and gender contestation, popular culture, and empire, enabling a more informed and constructive discussion of religion in these fields. Hulsether offers a synthesis that is concise yet internally complex and dynamic—one that gives special attention to religious diversity and conflict, the relations between religious groups and broader historical trends, and the internal struggles of religious people as they set priorities and cope with emerging change.
An excellent introduction to the major movements in modern American religion. Matthew A. Sutton, H-Amstdy
Hulsether deserves a great credit for writing a cultural studies-inspired textbook... that is clearly written with well-defined terms. Stone-Campbell Journal
Hulsether guides readers on an impressionistic journey across the twentieth-century landscape. Charles H. Lippy, Journal of American History
Hulsether is a skilled guide who knows the rough terrain well, and he is able to point out interesting features along the path. For those interested in religion as culture in America, this is a worthwhile read. International Journal of Communication
Introduction
Key Players and Themes in US Religion before the Twentieth Century
Changes in the Religious Landscape in the Early Twentieth Century
Religion and Social Conflict in the Early Twentieth Century
Cultural Aspects of Religion in the Early Twentieth Century
Shifts in the Religious Landscape from World War II to the Present
Religion and Evolving Social Conflicts from World War II to the Present
Cultural Aspects of Religion from World War II to the Present
Conclusion: Consensus, Pluralism, and Hegemony in US Religion
Index
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About the Author

Mark Hulsether is associate professor of religious studies and American studies at the University of Tennessee and is the author of Building a Protestant Left: Christianity and Crisis Magazine, 1941-1993.