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Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805198

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.001.0001

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More than Christian and Mestizo

More than Christian and Mestizo

Race, Culture, and Identity within Latino/a Theology and Religious Studies

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(p.94) 7 More than Christian and Mestizo
Source:
Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies
Author(s):

Michelle A. González

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.003.0008

While many theologians have highlighted the problematic nature of the term “mestizaje” and the manners in which it eclipses the racial diversity, racism, and pigmentocracy within the Latino/a community, mestizaje, and conversations about it, continue to have currency among Latino/a theologians, in huge part due to the manner in which race becomes a primary marker for theological discussions of minoritized populations. The marginalization of black and indigenous Latino/as is also mirrored in the privileging of Christianity within Latino/a theologies. This chapter is a constructive response to scholarship on mestizaje and mulatez in Latino/a theology and the ways in which Latino/a theologians have created an overwhelmingly racialized (defined in racial categories) and Christian construction of Latino/a identity. The first section briefly introduces the field of theology broadly and the particularity of Latino/a theology in light of liberation theologies. The second section addresses the construction of Latino/a identity within Latino/s theology. The final section proposes interdisciplinary dialogue with studies of Afro-Cuban religion and Latino/a Studies as a means of interrogating the more essentialized elements of Latino/a identity within theological discourse.

Keywords:   religion, mestizaje, race, Christianity, Afro-Cuban, liberation theology, Latino/a theology

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