Broadly, the focus of this thesis is to consider how oppression affects the self. More specifically, this project supports the claim that there is a conflicting imposition (by being oppression) placed on queer folk in black (American) Christian spaces that affects the self. The position is elucidated through a four-chapter structure. In the first chapter, I provide a charitable reading to Mead’s theory of the self. I end the chapter by considering how a dissonance may occur. In chapter two, I define identity through a hermeneutical lens and supplement this theory by considering the ways identity can be imposed and taken. I end the chapter by defining oppression and situating oppression with the theory of intelligible identities. In the next chapter, I show the importance of recognizing intersectionality through considering the Model of Multiple Dimensions of Identity. In exploring the model, the concept of a core sense of self is assumed. I then consider this assumption, clarify it, and situate this concept within Mead’s theory of the self. The fourth, and final, chapter considers a specific environment in which there is a dialectical dissonance and an identity dissonance because of oppression. The focus, here, is queerness in black, American Christian spaces. I show the relationship between dialectical dissonance and identity dissonance, and end the chapter, and the thesis, by putting forth ways to rectify the experience of identity dissonance for black queer folk.


McBride, Lee




African American Studies | Feminist Philosophy | Other Philosophy | Philosophy


Black, Queer, Christianity, Self, Identity, Mead, Race Theory

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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