Afrocentric Middle Classness
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.
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