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Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil

Authors: Townes, Emilie M.

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About the authors

EMILIE M. TOWNES is an ordained Baptist clergywoman and the Carolyn Williams Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, USA. She is also Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African-American Religion and Theology at Yale University, has been elected 2008 President of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the 15,000-member organization. Townes is the first African-American woman to serve as President of the AAR, which is the world's largest association of scholars who teach or research topics related to religion.       

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'Emilie Townes is the towering womanist ethicist of our time. In this ice age of indifference and evasion, her powerful voice and viewpoint summon us. And we thank her for her vision and courage!' - Cornel West, Princeton University, USA

'In this book Emilie Townes undertakes an extraordinary inquiry into the cultural production of evil that has aimed at defining African American women as morally depraved. More specifically, she defines cultural evil as a set of romanticized images and stereotypes that originate in the imagination of whites and thereafter transformed into cultural tools of disrespect and degradation. This is a uniquely rigorous study of the internal structure of systemic evil and its pathological products namely, mammy, Aunt Jemima, Jezebel, Sapphire, Tragic Mulatta, black matriarch, welfare queen, Topsy and others. The multi-dimensional character of cultural evil necessitates a variety of descriptive voices which the author expresses by writing as ethicist, historian, narrator, and poet. Most important, Townes also provides her readers with a cultural antidote for this excellent diagnosis of an enduring cultural disease.' - Peter J. Paris, Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor, Christian Social Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA

'Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil brings together powerful contributions that rested separately in different venues. Studies of structural studies of evil are available but their interior worlds are typically absent. Those interior worlds productive of evil belong to cultural treatments that are often missing in the considerable body of sound theological accounts. The voices of those who endure structural and cultural evil, vividly captured here in history and memory, are neglected as major sources of salient knowledge in all too many accounts. But in these pages, all these weave the work together. It is hard to exaggerate the significance of this book, and easy to be grateful for it!' - Larry L. Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, USA

The work of a towering public intellectual! This book is a major achievement in the field of womanist ethics that draws into its orbit popular culture and Foucault, personal memory and public policy. Emilie Townes confirms her position as one of the nation's thought leaders and change agents.' Robert M. Franklin, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and Former President, Interdenominational Theological Center


    

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Womanist Dancing Mind: Cavorting with Culture and Evil

    Townes, Emilie M.

    Pages 1-9

  • Sites of Memory: Proceedings too Terrible to Relate

    Townes, Emilie M.

    Pages 11-27

  • Vanishing into Limbo: The Moral Dilemma of Identity as Property and Commodity

    Townes, Emilie M.

    Pages 29-55

  • Invisible Things Spoken: Uninterrogated Coloredness

    Townes, Emilie M.

    Pages 57-78

  • Legends Are Memories Greater than Memories: Black Reparations in the United States as Subtext to Christian Triumphalism and Empire

    Townes, Emilie M.

    Pages 79-110

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Hardcover $115.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil
Authors
Series Title
Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Emilie M. Townes
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60162-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230601628
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7272-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7273-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 200
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