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Religious Amnesias, Mythologies, and Apolitical Affects in Racist Landscapes

Department of Biblical and Theological Studies, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2, Canada
Religions 2020, 11(11), 615; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110615
Received: 18 October 2020 / Revised: 13 November 2020 / Accepted: 17 November 2020 / Published: 18 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Racism and Religious Diversity in the United States)
Given their explicit attention to contextual realities, liberation theologies have different expressions in various global contexts. One element they all have in common, however, is a sustained interest in the effects of historical processes. Dalit theology, a liberation theology arising from the struggles and hopes of Dalit communities in India, is in attunement with such critical analyses of the factors that shape power and domination. By drawing comparisons between the geography of a typical Indian village/town—in which bodies are segregated by caste belonging—and the increasing gentrification in towns and cities in the U.S.—in which bodies are segregated by the aftereffects of racialized geographies—the essay argues that domination today is better understood through affective encounters or the lack thereof. View Full-Text
Keywords: gentrification; race; caste; affect; church; segregation; happiness; positive psychology; amnesia; mythology; racism gentrification; race; caste; affect; church; segregation; happiness; positive psychology; amnesia; mythology; racism
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Boopalan, S.J. Religious Amnesias, Mythologies, and Apolitical Affects in Racist Landscapes. Religions 2020, 11, 615. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110615

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Boopalan SJ. Religious Amnesias, Mythologies, and Apolitical Affects in Racist Landscapes. Religions. 2020; 11(11):615. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110615

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Boopalan, Sunder J. 2020. "Religious Amnesias, Mythologies, and Apolitical Affects in Racist Landscapes" Religions 11, no. 11: 615. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110615

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