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date: 19 October 2020

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Since the 1970s, the concept of black body within theo-ethical constructions has preoccupied African American theologians and ethicists. The idea of “bodied” experiences of being raced in the United States has real and material consequences and is not simply discursive or simply a rhetorical construction. Used as a frame for research, embodiment, a route to considering the material conditions of a particular group of people, has some important implications for future theological scholarship and especially African American scholars. This essay examines embodiment in African American theology and ethics, beginning with some historical foundations of the concept. It also discusses some aspects of racism and deconstructions of black bodies across disciplines and argues that the concept of embodiment is not limited to an analysis of the experiences of black people’s oppressions.

Keywords: black body, embodiment, African American theology, ethics, racism, black people

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