Special Issue "African American Religion and the Family"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Julius H. Bailey

University of Redlands, 1200 East Colton Ave, P.O. Box 3080 Redlands, CA 92373, United States
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Phone: 909-748-8678
Interests: race & ethnic issues; social science; religion in America; African American religious history; church history; new religious movements; religion in the American West; AME church history

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

While there have been a number of thoughtful studies on the importance of family life in African American history, there remains a dearth of scholarship that emphasizes the important connections between African American Religion and the Family. The aim of this volume is to bring together some of the most current and ground-breaking work on the topic that engages unexplored or underexamined elements and the more subtle themes and underlying issues involving African American Religion and the Family. While religion has been an important component of some of the foundational work on African American family life throughout key moments in African American history such as E. Franklin Frazier’s The Negro Family in the United States (1939), Herbert G. Gutman’s The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750–1925 (1976), and Wilma King’s Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth Century America (1995), this volume calls for essays that focus on any historical era and employ innovative methodological approaches that place the study of African American family religious life at the center of their analysis.

Prof. Julius H. Bailey
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • African American families
  • Black family
  • family religious aspects
  • African American religion
  • Black church
  • slavery
  • emancipation
  • domesticity
  • parenting
  • childhood
  • motherhood
  • fatherhood
  • gender
  • domestic roles

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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