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Made in the Margins

Latina/o Constructions of US Religious History

Hjamil A. Martinez-Vazquez

Publication Year: 2013

Though the writing of US religious history has become increasingly open to new voices, Hjamil A. Martinez-Vazquez argues that those voices have yet to challenge effectively the dominant Eurocentric historical perspective. In this first Latina/o American religious historiography, Martinez-Vazquez critiques the traditional narrative not for what it says, but for what it does not say. Made in the Margins considers the ways in which traditional historiography has favored a specific understanding of US religious history and offers a new method of constructing Latina/o histories as "subaltern." And, in so doing, Made in the Margins ably begins the necessary conversation about truly doing history from within previously marginalized communities and disciplines.

Published by: Baylor University Press

Series: New Perspectives on Latina/o Religion

Half Title, About the Series, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-9

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pp. ix-x

Giving thanks is always a difficult task because of the danger of forgetting somebody. but it is important to acknowledge the work and acompañamiento of many friends and colleagues in the process of finishing this project since its initial stages during my dissertation. First, i have to thank the members...

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Introduction: Why Historiography?

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pp. 1-10

While I was doing my graduate work, some of my professors told me that in order to get acquainted with U.S. religious history I needed to read Sydney E. Ahlstrom’s A Religious History of the American People because it was the masterpiece in the field. After finishing the thousand-plus pages, I realized why it was such an important...

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Part 1: A Look at U.S. Religious Historiography

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pp. 11-12

In this first part I examine and confront U.S. religious historiography. I examine the connection between the dominant discourse in the field and the modern/colonial system. historians constructed U.S. religious historiography on the basis of a tradition that left many groups without a historical voice. For a long time the recognized...

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1. The Canon of U.S. Religious History

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pp. 13-30

During the nineteenth century, historians in the United States started to collect information in order to construct a synthesis of the history of religion in the United States. Robert Baird, with his Religion in America, was the first person to write a synthesis of religion in the United...

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2. New Themes, Old Silences

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pp. 31-50

During the 1990s anthologies and collections of article-length essays replaced the larger volume-long works of history within U.S. religious historiography since the smaller works could focus more narrowly on specific regions, themes, particular historical figures, communities, religions, and/or periods of time. it is within...

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Part 2: A Look at Latina/o Religious Historiography

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pp. 51-52

This book is about the construction of subversive counter-discourses within the historical field. Latina/o religious historiography can be considered a subversive enterprise since it uncovers themes, voices, and stories hidden by the dominant U.S. religious historical discourses examined in the first part. While the field of Latina/o religious history has been growing...

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3. Catholic Histories

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pp. 53-73

While the actual field of Latina/o Catholic history has been slowly developing in the last two decades, Latina/o Catholicism has been explored from multiple perspectives both from within and outside the academic world.1 in many cases, the normative narratives of U.S. Catholicism have marginalized these examinations and labeled them as contextual...

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4. Protestant Histories

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pp. 75-99

Like the histories of Latina/o Catholics, the histories of Latina/o Protestants in the United states have been slowly discovered. In the past decade, we have seen an increase in the publication of works in this area, and even though these projects have been overlooked by many in the dominant academic world, scholars and nonscholars...

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Part 3: Theories and Methodologies from a Postcolonizing Perspective

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pp. 101-103

Haitian historian Michel-Rolph Trouillot asserts that “theories of history rarely examine in detail the concrete production of specific narratives.”1 because of this lack of examination, historical narratives are usually deconstructed and reconfigured only on the basis of “facts,” and not on the basis of the ideology behind their construction...

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5. The Postcolonizing Project

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pp. 105-128

Historical narratives are always written from someone’s or some group’s perspective. That perspective usually leaves the subaltern outside the narratives.1 Throughout time, historical narratives have been written from the perspectives of the “winners,” those in power, and the subaltern has been left outside or at the margins...

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6. Lived Religion

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pp. 129-149

The subaltern, in order to offer resistance against colonial discourses, looks at different places to discover their consciousness. The recuperation of this subaltern consciousness allows for the remembering of the past and the breaking of the normative understandings supported by those in power. religious experiences...

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7. Feminist History

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pp. 151-168

In her essay “Women and religion,” Jean R. Soderlund acknowledges that, “While women comprised the majority of the faithful in many denominations, they lacked access to leadership and authority.” 1 This has also been the case for Latinas within their religious communities, and that lack of leadership...

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Conclusion: Theorizing and Conocimiento

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pp. 169-173

Michel-Rolph Trouillot asserts that “theories of history rarely examine in detail the concrete production of specific narratives.”1 because this assessment fits perfectly with the development of U.S. religious historiography, the dominant discourses within this field have not only been able to consolidate their power but also...

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 175-186


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pp. 187-189

E-ISBN-13: 9781602585539
E-ISBN-10: 1602585539
Print-ISBN-13: 9781602581999
Print-ISBN-10: 1602581991

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1
Series Title: New Perspectives on Latina/o Religion