Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Critical Dialogues in Latinx StudiesA Reader$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM NYU Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.nyu.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of NYU Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NYSO for personal use.date: 27 June 2022

More than Christian and Mestizo

More than Christian and Mestizo

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

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

Michelle A. González

NYU Press

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

NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.