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Palgrave Macmillan

Religion, Theology, and Class

Fresh Engagements after Long Silence

ISBN 9781137351371
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Approaches to Religion and Power

Unlike notions of gender, ethnicity, and race, the notion of class has rarely been reflected in religious and theological studies in recent decades. The few who currently use the term "class" think 'poor people,' 'social stratification,' or 'income differentials.' Commonly overlooked are power differentials, the tensions between classes, and the question of production. The essays in this volume discuss what new discourses on class in religious and theological studies might add to cutting-edge developments in these fields. Religion, Theology, and Class demonstrates that just like the lack of the study of class distorts the study of religion and theology, renewed engagement leads to new insights and broader horizons. The audience for this work includes students and scholars of religion and theology with various research interests, as well as students and scholars of other fields like economics, sociology, political studies, and cultural studies. Widespread classroom use is anticipated as this text is written in an accessible and engaging style.

Joerg Rieger is the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, USA.

Introduction: Why We Can Do No Longer without Class in Religious Studies and Theology; Joerg Rieger
1. Religion and Class; Richard D. Wolff
2. Classes, Other Distinctions, and Their Theological Values; Néstor Míguez
3. Save Us from Cynicism: Religion and Social Class; Jung Mo Sung
4. Class, Sin, and the Displaced; Vítor Westhelle
5. Religion and Class in the Construction and Deconstruction of the Myth of American Exceptionalism; Sheila D. Collins
6. Protesting Classes through Protestant Glasses: Class, Labor, and the Social Gospel in the United States; Ken Estey
7. Poverty and Poor People's Agency in High-Tech Capitalism; Jan Rehmann
8. Inequality, Class, and Power in Global Perspective; Pamela K. Brubaker
9. Black Reconstruction: Thinking Blackness and Rethinking Class in Late Capitalist America, Corey D.B. Walker
10. Instigating Class Struggle? The Study of Class in Religion and Theology and Some Implications for Race and Gender; Joerg Rieger

Richard D. Wolff, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Jung Mo Sung, Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil
Vítor Westhelle, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, USA
Néstor Míguez, Instituto Universitario ISEDT, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sheila D. Collins, William Paterson University, USA
Ken Estey, Brooklyn College, USA
Jan Rehmann, Union Theological Seminary, USA
Pamela K. Brubaker, California Lutheran University, USA
Corey D.B. Walker, Brown University, USA
Joerg Rieger, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, USA


Timely and indispensable for working to change the plight of the 99 percent, this provocative text probes the intersection of religion, theology, and class through the lenses of global capital, gender, blackness, migration, and alternative economies. I highly recommend it. - Kwok Pui-lan, Professor, Episcopal Divinity School, USA
By gathering provocative analyses from international thinkers into one volume, Joerg Rieger raises embedded assumptions about social class and theology into a much-needed, critical light. Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements After Long Silence provides a space for substantive conversations among scholars in religious studies, particularly as we consider building just relationships. - Stephanie Y. Mitchem, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of South Carolina, USA
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