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A Gramscian Analysis of the Role of Religion in Politics

Case Studies in Domination, Accommodation, and Resistance in Africa and Europe

A Gramscian Analysis of the Role of Religion in Politics by Rupe Simms
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This study employs Gramscian theory as an interpretive grid in examining the use of Christianity by European colonizers to facilitate their oppression of Africans on the continent and in diaspora. The work clarifies how the western powers utilized their religion in North America, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya to justify their exploitation of Blacks and how many Africans, as Christian converts, assisted them to accomplish their imperialist goals. In addition, this research explains how other Blacks, in these same locations, interpreted their own religious tradition or revised western Christianity to form liberatory ideologies that legitimated their struggle for freedom and inspired their communities to oppose subordination.
The Edwin Mellen Press; January 2010
321 pages; ISBN 9780773422001
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Title: A Gramscian Analysis of the Role of Religion in Politics
Author: Rupe Simms