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    Back to black or diversity in the diaspora? re-imagining pan-African Christian identity in the twenty-first century

    Ackah, William (2010) Back to black or diversity in the diaspora? re-imagining pan-African Christian identity in the twenty-first century. Black Theology: An International Journal 8 (3), pp. 341-356. ISSN 1476-9948.

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    Abstract

    The modern movement of people, goods, services, and ideas around the world has been conceptualized using terms such as transnationalism, globalisation, and diasporas. This article explores the phenomenon of the creation of “new postcolonial African diasporas,” in particular, Christian African diasporic communities. The article examines how these “new” faith communities influence our conceptions of Black collective spaces and Black theological traditions. It is argued that whilst there is a pressing need to retain a sense of Black collective identity in the face of global trends that accentuate de-essentialization, there is also a need to recognize that racialized articulations of Black Theology do not fully address or explain the unfolding identities and experiences of postcolonial African Christians in the diaspora. A Pan-African understanding of Christian identity, it is argued, provides a more nuanced way of bringing old and new African diasporic concerns together.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): black theology, diaspora, James Cone, pan-Africanism
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2011 10:02
    Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 12:54
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4512

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