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Resistance and Spirituality

Resistance and Spirituality

Chapter:
(p.129) Chapter 5 Resistance and Spirituality
Source:
Raised Up Down Yonder
Author(s):
Angela McMillan Howell
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038815.003.0006

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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