Religion and Hip Hop brings together the category of religion, Hip Hop cultural modalities and the demographic of youth. Bringing postmodern theory and critical approaches in the study of religion to bear on Hip Hop cultural practices, this book examines how scholars in religious and theological studies have deployed and approached religion when analyzing Hip Hop data. Using existing empirical studies on youth and religion to the cultural criticism of the Humanities, Religion and Hip Hop argues that common among existing scholarship is a thin interrogation of the category of religion. As such, Miller calls for a redescription of religion in popular cultural analysis - a challenge she further explores and advances through various materialist engagements.

Going beyond the traditional and more common approach of analyzing rap lyrics, from film, dance, to virtual reality, Religion and Hip Hop takes a fresh approach to exploring the paranoid posture of the religious in popular cultural forms, by going beyond what "is" religious about Hip Hop culture. Rather, Miller explores what rhetorical uses of religion in Hip Hop culture accomplish for various and often competing social and cultural interests.

chapter |23 pages


(Re)Finding Religion

chapter |21 pages

Scapegoats, Boundaries, and Blame 1

The Civic Face of Hip-Hop Culture

chapter |26 pages

And the Word Became Flesh

Hip-Hop Culture and the (In)coherence of Religion

chapter |26 pages


Complex Subjectivity and Postmodern Thought

chapter |26 pages

Youth Religiosity in America

The Empirical Landscape

chapter |28 pages

Faith in the Flesh

chapter |4 pages


When the Religious Ain't So Religious, After All