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Book: Embodiment and Black Religion

Chapter: 9. Every-Body's Truth: The New Genetics of Race and the Quest for Complex Subjectivity

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27411


Chapter 9 argues that contemporary understandings of racial genetics and its links to identity construction can function as part of a stronger push for an expanded sense of meaning. Looking at the practice of African American “ancestor tracing,” this chapter shows that knowledge of the body at the genetic level—which stands as an expansion of the biochemical dimension of the compound body—provides an occasion for experiencing the mysterium tremendum.

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