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Resistance and Spirituality

Resistance and Spirituality

(p.129) Chapter 5 Resistance and Spirituality
Raised Up Down Yonder
Angela McMillan Howell
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines spirituality and the oppositional style of resistance among black youth studying at Jay Ellis School in Hamilton, Alabama. It describes resistance in Hamilton in relation to five ongoing processes: constraints in the family, persistent racial and political economic inequality, mischaracterization and racial bias in the local media, global political economy, and the decreased significance of the church as a local institution. Using one female student’s biography, the chapter considers Hamilton youth’s resistance to social inequality in response to diffuse structural constraints and highlights the logic of resistance from the individual standpoint. It also demonstrates the creative power of young people to negotiate multiple structures and options.

Keywords:   spirituality, resistance, black youth, Jay Ellis School, Hamilton, Alabama, family, racial bias, political economy, social inequality

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