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Made in the Margins
Latina/o Constructions of US Religious History

By Hjamil A. Martínez-Vázquez

Made in the Margins
Paperback, 200 pages $39.95
Published: 15th March 2013
ISBN: 9781602581999
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All History, All Rhetoric Studies, American History, Church History

Though the writing of US religious history has become increasingly open to new voices, Hjamil A. Martínez-Vázquez argues that those voices have yet to challenge effectively the dominant Eurocentric historical perspective. In this first Latina/o American religious historiography, Martínez-Vázquez critiques the traditional narrative not for what it says, but for what it does not say. Made in the Margins considers the ways in which traditional historiography has favored a specific understanding of US religious history and offers a new method of constructing Latina/o histories as "subaltern." And, in so doing, Made in the Margins ably begins the necessary conversation about truly doing history from within previously marginalized communities and disciplines.

Introduction: Why Historiography?
A Look at U.S. Religious Historiography
1. The Canon of U.S. Religious History
2. New Themes, Old Silences
A Look at Latina/o Religious Historiography
3. Catholic Histories
4. Protestant Histories
Theories and Methodologies from a Postcolonizing Perspective
5. The Postcolonizing Project
6. Lived Religion
7. Feminist History
Conclusion: Theorizing and Conocimiento
Selected Bibliography

"Martínez-Vázquez successfully proposes a thorough decolonizing approach to Latina/o religious history—one that dares to acknowledge, deconstruct, and overcome the colonial gaze that all too often surreptitiously undergirds even most of our own liberatory efforts to know otherwise. Made in the Margins is a must-read for any and all interested in how to re-conceive Latina/o religious history in the United States."

—Otto Maduro, President, American Academy of Religion and Professor of World Christianity, Drew University Theological School

"Martínez-Vázquez addresses big issues that no analyst of Latino/a religious history or North American religion can afford to ignore."

—Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame

"Made in the Margins is an important challenge to traditional histories and stands as a worthy addition to the field of U.S. religious history. Martínez-Vázquez provides a significant methodological synthesis that can benefit those interested in Latina/o religious history to identify, resist, and counteract the normativity imposed by dominant discourses.”

—João Chaves, Perspectivas

Hjamil A. Martínez-Vázquez is an independent scholar serving as Online Instructor for institutions such as Azusa Pacific Online University and the University of Phoenix. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 200 pages
 9in x 6in

  HIS036000, REL033000, SOC044000
 Baylor University Press

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