Race, Religion and Difference

Human societies are organized internally by distinctions or differences that are asserted to be based on natural fact or on culture or both. "Race" can appear historically as an assertion of absolute biological difference--but can also be invoked as something given by God and to be found in the Bible. Religion, meanwhile, can be used to marginalize groups, but also by marginalized groups themselves to assert their own values and ways of living, and even to provide ideas for insurrection.

Faculty working in this area include: