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God and Blackness: Race, Gender, and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church

Andrea C. Abrams


Blackness, as a concept, is extremely fluid: it can refer to cultural and ethnic identity, socio-political status, an aesthetic and embodied way of being, a social and political consciousness, or a diasporic kinship. It is used as a description of skin color ranging from the palest cream to the richest chocolate; as a marker of enslavement, marginalization, criminality, filth, or evil; or as a symbol of pride, beauty, elegance, strength, and depth. Despite the fact that it is elusive and difficult to define, blackness serves as one of the most potent and unifying domains of identity. This book ... More

Keywords: blackness, black identity, First Afrikan Church, Afrocentric congregation, Afrocentrism, Black theology, political identity, religious expression, gender dynamics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814705230
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814705230.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea C. Abrams, author