Resacralizing the Other at the US-Mexico Border: A Borderland Hermeneutic, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Resacralizing the Other at the US-Mexico Border

A Borderland Hermeneutic, 1st Edition

By Gregory L. Cuéllar


192 pages

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pub: 2020-01-21
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This book focuses on the themes of border violence; racial criminalization; competing hermeneutics of the sacred; and State-sponsored modes of desacralizing black and brown-bodied people, all in the context of the US-Mexico borderlands. It provides a much-needed substantive response to the State’s use of sacrilization to justify its acts of violence and offers new ways of theologizing the acceptance of the "other" in its place.

As a counter-hermeneutic of the sacred, the ultimate objective of the book is to offer an alternative epistemological, theoretical and practical framework that resacralizes the other. Rejecting the State-driven agenda of othering border-crossers, it follows Gloria Anzaldúa’s healing move to the Sacred Other and creates a new hermeneutic of the sacred at the borderlands. One that resacralizes those deemed by the State as the non-sacred human other anywhere in the world.

This is an important and topical book that addresses one of the key issues of our time. As such, it will be of keen interest to any scholar of Religious Studies and Liberation Theology as well as religion’s interaction with migration, race and contemporary politics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


1 Introduction

2 Trespassing on the Archive as the Border-Crossed Other

3 The Sacralizing Performance of a Counter Archive

4 The Desacralizing Power of Immigrant Detention

5 Caring for the Sacred Other

6 Afterword


About the Author

Gregory L. Cuéllar is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA. He is the author of Voices of Marginality (2008) and Empire, the British Museum, and the Making of the Biblical Scholar in the Nineteenth Century: Archival Criticism (2019).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Ethics
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Liberation
RELIGION / Theology
RELIGION / Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration