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date: 11 December 2019

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Cornel West defines black culture as the social adaptive apparatus that embodies and reflects the particular values, folkways, and mores of black people. Black culture has emerged as an important tool for combating discrimination and challenging a history of stereotypes that become reified into systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, and classism. This essay examines the role of black culture and cultural production in the dynamics of African American theology. It considers the legitimization through which culture is defined and understood within African American theology and discusses the views of Paul Ricoeur. It also looks at music as an important cultural resource for African American theology, particularly jazz, before concluding with an analysis of the strong cultural productions shaping religious institutions such as the Christian Church and their relevance to African American theology.

Keywords: black culture, black people, stereotypes, cultural production, African American theology, Paul Ricoeur, music, jazz

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