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Author Sanders, Cheryl Jeanne.

Title Saints in exile : the Holiness-Pentecostal experience in African American religion and culture / Cheryl J. Sanders
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 177 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Series Religion in America series
Religion in America series (Oxford University Press)
Contents Introduction : "In the world, but not of it" -- The sanctified churches and church reform : confronting the barriers of race, sex, and class -- Refuge and reconciliation in a Holiness congregation -- "In the beauty of holiness" : ethics and aesthetics in the worship of the saints -- Singing the Lord's song in a strange land : gospel music and popular culture in the United States -- Resistance, rebellion, and reform : the collegiate gospel choir and the black clergy caucus -- Black intellectuals and storefront religion in the age of black consciousness -- The church in exile : vital signs outside the mainstream -- Conclusion : exile and homecoming
Summary "Saints in Exile studies, from an insider's perspective, the worship practices and social ethics of the African American family of Holiness, Pentecostal, and Apostolic churches known collectively as the Sanctified Church. Cheryl Sanders identifies the theme of exile, both as an idea and an experience, as the key to understanding the dialectical nature of African American religious and intellectual life, that W.E.B. Du Bois called "double-conscious." Sanders's saints in exile are a people who see themselves as "in the world but not of it"; their marginalized status is both self-imposed and involuntary, a consequence of racism, sexism and other forms of elitism. When joined with the biblical tropes of homecoming and reconciliation, the concept of exile serves as a vital vantage point from which to identify, critique, and remedy the continued alienation of blacks, women, and the poor in the United States." "Sanders's interpretive approach clarifies many paradoxical features of black existence, especially the peculiar inter-play of the sacred and the secular in African American song, speech, and dance. She particularly scrutinizes gospel music, a product of the Sanctified worship tradition that has had a significant influence on popular culture."--Jacket
Analysis Pentecostal churches
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 152-170) and index
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Subject Church of God (Anderson, Ind.)
African American Holiness church members.
African American Pentecostals.
United States -- Church history -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585257132 (electronic bk.)
9780585257136 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(acid-free paper)