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More Than Chains and Toil: A Christian Work Ethic of Enslaved Women [Paperback]

By Joan M. Martin (Author)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.47" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2000
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  066425800X  
EAN  9780664258009  

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"More Than Chains And Toil" is a probing and perceptive analysis of work in the experience of African American women. Even though forced labor was the essence of slavery, few have studied the labor of slave women from the perspective of women themselves. The author clarifies and analyzes the meanings that the women bestowed on their labors - meanings that constitute a rich resource of moral value for all who read this book.

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In "More than Chains and Toil," Joan Martin explores the experiences of enslaved women and the realities of their social world to uncover the interrelationships among moral agency, work, and human meaning. She then reflects ethically on the implications such a distinct perspective on labor might have for women in contemporary African American communities and for broader discussions about the meaning of work in American society.

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A profound meditation on a Christian work ethic  Jun 3, 2007
With More Than Chains and Toil, Joan Martin joins Dorothee Soelle and other venerable feminist theologians with a brilliant exploration of work and its relation to Christian discipleship. Her specific focus is to elaborate a Christian work ethic from the lives and experiences of enslaved black women in the United States arising "from the chains, but unchained from slavery's meaning." She succeeds, and the achievement has tremendous implications for how American Christians must view our past and fashion our present theological discourse.

One of the most important contributions Martin makes is her exploration of enslaved black women as theologians. She rightly points out that the discourse and activism of these women was often more radical and was established earlier than similar white movements -- for instance, that enslaved black women were working systematically for the liberation of women long before the suffragette movement came together. She is sharply critical of those who dismiss black theologians because they don't quote the right white theologians -- they are frequently drawing on early and rich black discourses that have developed separately.

Joan Martin's work has stimulated my own thoughts about work and Christian faith, and she stands in a long, long tradition of black theologians who criticize the very way academic (typically white and middle-class) theologians do theology. This is a deeply-embodied work that looks at work and Christianity through a very specific lens -- but the results impact a wide range of Christian practices and beliefs. I highly recommend this book.
Recommended for students of Black history and Christianity.  Aug 4, 2000
Joan Martin's More Than Chains And Toil provides a study of Christian work ethic and enslaved black women, analyzing work in the experience of black women and analyzing the meanings women attributed to their work. A fine guide examines notions of work, 'calling', and social conditions and issues of the times.
More Than Chains and Toil - A Multifaceted Book  Jul 7, 2000
The Reverend Dr. Joan M. Martin has produced a fantastic volume on the roles,lives, and philosophies of life of the Africa-American slave woman during the period of slavery in the United States and later. Dr. Martin, a Presbyterian Minister, describes and dissects how the Christian Religion of the slaveowner was used (and abused) by him to control his slaves, but also demonstrates how the slave women (and men) found in the same Christianity the key to their survival. The book's many Notes enables the interested reader to follow paths suggested by the text. Dr. Martin also supplies a very fine Bibliography. This book is not only of great interest to the individual reader, but should be considered as a text by Anthropology, Sociology, and Black Studies Dpartments as well.

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