List of Tables
List of Figures
Introduction: Statement of the Problem and Roadmap
Chapter 1: Atheism and Stigma Focused Literature Review
Chapter 2: The Connection of Religiosity to Black Culture
Chapter 3: A Brief History of Black Atheists and Black Skeptics
Chapter 4: Exploring the Sample and Data Collection
Chapter 5: Racialized Understanding of Atheism and the Black Atheist Identity
Chapter 6: Black Atheists Relationship to Mainstream Atheism
Appendix A: Interview Protocol
Appendix B: Obtaining Consent
About the Author
In this book, the author discusses the complicated experiences of Black Atheists, in both larger Atheist movement and with respect to their ideological position among Blacks and religion. The book succeeds at its initial goal. It gives a robust literature review of Black Atheism, while at the same time pointing to contemporary issues that Black Atheists face. It is a valuable piece of scholarship in terms of understanding Black life and identity, particularly religious identity.
[Swann’s] A Qualitative Study of Black Atheists is a finely tuned quantitative analysis. The chapters are formatted on long standing sociological conventions. The format makes the text extremely accessible for those familiar with the social psychology of religion. Concurring with Evans, Cameron, and Hutchinson in decrying the dearth of scholarship about Black atheism... Sadly, the scholarly avoidance of Black secular history, aesthetics, and identity is neither incidental nor accidental but rather a deliberate evasion with real-world consequences. Methodological choices, tools, and norms are never innocent decisions and devices. Researchers’ procedures and proclivities, whether conscious or unconscious, reinscribe and
repurpose dominant domains and periphery perspectives of knowledge and power.
About the Author