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God and BlacknessRace, Gender, and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church$
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Andrea C. Abrams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814705230

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814705230.001.0001

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Ebony Affluence

Ebony Affluence

Afrocentric Middle Classness

(p.109) 4 Ebony Affluence
God and Blackness

Andrea C. Abrams

NYU Press

This chapter elucidates class dynamics within the First Afrikan Presbyterian Church. First, it discusses the ways in which the members of the church define middle-class status. Second, it considers the middle-class congregation's anxieties concerning both possible alienation from the less affluent black community and assimilation of white middle-class cultural values. The chapter then probes the ways in which Afrocentric ideology both colludes and conflicts with middle-class aspirations. Finally, it examines the intersections between middle class status, African American positionality, and loyalty to the state by parsing through the varied ways in which the members of First Afrikan understand their national identity.

Keywords:   class dynamics, social class, middle class, First Afrikan Presbyterian Church, Afrocentric ideology, African Americans, national identity

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