African American spirituality and creativity confront systematic race-based oppression by presenting a different set of positive self-references, used to challenge the ideas of intellectual inferiority propagated by scientific racism. Currently there is a paucity of research dedicated to understanding how culturally empowered African Americans engage in spiritual creativity and thrive in a systemically oppressive society. Research is needed to determine how African Americans held on to, adapted, and transformed their African cultural legacies. It is imperative to understand the spiritual and creative mechanisms that African Americans have used to engender cultural empowerment in the face of oppression. This literature review provides a discussion of cultural oppression and Africentric theory in relation to the use of spiritual creativity towards development of a rationale for the construct of spiritual-creativity among African Americans. Results of this review found personal transformation, cultural empowerment, and spiritually creative resistance, and liberation to be relevant subthemes for further psychometric research in studying spiritual-creativity among this population.
|Commitee:||Harris-Britt, April, Cornelius, Allen, Bryant-Davis, Thema|
|School:||Fielding Graduate University|
|Department:||The School of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clinical psychology, African American Studies, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||African Americans, Creativity, Cultural empowerment, Exploratory factor analysis, Expressive arts, Spirituality|
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