Is the multiracial congregation an answer to the problem of race? Comparative perspectives from South Africa and the USAF

Gladys Ganiel*

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    Abstract

    This paper uses a comparative perspective to analyze how multiracial congregations may contribute to racial reconciliation in South Africa. Drawing on the large-scale study of multiracial congregations in the USA by Emerson et al., it examines how they help transform antagonistic identities and make religious contributions to wider reconciliation processes. It compares the American research to an ethnographic study of a congregation in Cape Town, identifying cross-national patterns and South African distinctives, such as discourses about restitution, AIDS, inequality and women. The extent that multiracial congregations can contribute to reconciliation in South Africa is linked to the content of their worship and discourses, but especially to their ability to dismantle racially aligned power structures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)263-283
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Religion in Africa
    Volume38
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • Identity
    • Multiracial Congregations
    • Race
    • Reconciliation
    • Religion
    • South Africa

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies
    • History
    • Social Sciences(all)

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