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In Search of Soul: Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion

Alejandro Nava


This book explores the meaning of “soul” in sacred and profane incarnations, from its biblical origins to its central place in the rich traditions of black and Latin history. Surveying the work of writers, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, and theologians, the book shows how their understandings of the “soul” revolve around narratives of justice, liberation, and spiritual redemption. The book contends that biblical traditions and hip-hop emerged out of experiences of dispossession and oppression. Whether born in the ghettos of America or of the Roman Empire, hip-hop and Christianity hav ... More

Keywords: soul, justice, liberation, spiritual redemption, biblical traditions, hip-hop, dispossession, oppression, Christianity, persecuted

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293533
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alejandro Nava, author
University of Arizona

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