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Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought$
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Anthony B. Pinn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767740

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767740.001.0001

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Blackness and the Identifying of Bodies

Blackness and the Identifying of Bodies

(p.35) 2 Blackness and the Identifying of Bodies
Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought

Anthony B. Pinn

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the troubled nature of identity as “blackness.” It raises questions concerning how notions of identity, framed and embedded in black theological discourse as “blackness,” have served to privilege the black male body by assuming the re-presentation and re-construction of that male body meet the liberation needs of all black bodies. Of concern is the manner in which this formulation of the (assumed male) black body hampers a full understanding of complex subjectivity as the shape of religious encounter because it fails to consider a sufficient range of the ways in which African Americans are dehumanized.

Keywords:   black theology, identity, blackness, black male body

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