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"Miller's well researched and thoughtfully written book is a vital contribution to scholarship, one that holds great promise for helping readers better understand both the nature and meaning of religion and the deep significance of hip hop. Anyone interested in the intersection(s) of religion and hip hop should read this book. I highly recommend it."Anthony B. Pinn, Rice University, USA

"Milller's new volume is a sweeping, provocative look at the complex relationship between hip hop and religion. Drawing on her rich and wide-ranging understanding of the art form, Miller asks very basic and profound questions about religion itself. Looking past popular and academic moralizing alike, Miller interrogates religion as an emergent and unpredictable phenomena, asking what it means-and can mean-for hip hop artists and audiences today. In so doing, Miller generously and expansively clears the ground for all future work on this necessary and vital topic."Greg Dimitriadis, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA

"Monica Miller has produced a lucid and unpredictable book that easily separates itself from the pack. This is destined to be a classic in critical hip-hop studies and a definitive contribution to ongoing debates about the very contours of African American religious and political life in the 21st century." John L. Jackson, Jr., University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Miller’s ambitious enterprise sets out to rethink difference in black popular culture. Concise, engaging and original, this book should be read by students and teachers engaged in the social scientific study of contemporary religion."Abby Day, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

"Religion and Hip Hop makes significant contributions to scholarship on religion and Hip Hop as well as to theory and method in the study of African American religion generally. Miller’s shifts in focus, from a priori and sui generis definitions of religion to a social constructionist perspective, and from rap lyrics and institutional Christianity to material culture and lived religion, should prove a watershed moment in the field of religion and Hip Hop." - Dusty Hoesley, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, in Religion

About the Author

Monica R. Miller is Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Religious Studies at Lewis & Clark College where her research focuses on the intersections of religion & material/popular culture. Miller currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow with The Institute for Humanist Studies (Washington, DC) and is co-chair of a new AAR consultation entitled Critical Approaches to the Study of Hip Hop and Religion. Miller is also principal investigator of a large scale survey project (Remaking Religion) in Portland, Oregon which explores religion in youth culture. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and is currently at work on a second book entitled: Blacklandia: The Subtleties of Race in Portland.

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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Research in Religion, Media and Culture (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415628571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415628570
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No stranger to the "odd, deviant, and outcast," Monica R. Miller, Ph.D. turned her passion for understanding all things "marginal and pop" into a lifelong career of researching some of the most pressing social issues today. Breaking the mold on traditional scholarship, Miller reconciles the once deemed strange relationship between the "sacred" and the "profane" in popular culture. In particular, Miller is quickly emerging as one of the leading academic voices of religion in hip hop scholarship today. Read more at Religion and Hip Hop book trailer produced and filmed by Quarter 4 Sports in Portland, OR:

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Religion Scholar on March 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Over the last 20 years, scholarship has coalesced at the intersection of religion and hip hop. But in that time, most of the texts have been methodologically thin and they have tended to focus on rap music alone. In this text, Miller addresses these two deficiencies in much academic work by offering a thorough theoretical and methodological road map for scholars to push studies in hip hop and religion in new directions.

More than simply engaging the data of hip hop, Miller playfully and thoughtfully turns the lens on religious studies theorization more broadly, and in doing so, the text contributes to contemporary conversations in religious studies across research foci. In particular, her "faithfully unfaithful" criticisms and wrestlings with Anthony B. Pinn's theory of African American religion as a "quest for complex subjectivity" not only sets Miller apart as a brilliant theoretician, but pushes Pinn's theory forward for ongoing use and engagement for years to come. Definitely a worthwhile contribution, and though the price is high, the payoff is palpable.
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