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Introduction

Joerg Rieger

in Opting for the Margins

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161199
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019516119X.003.0001

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

 Introduction

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Although postmodernity has weakened traditional values and foundations, it is intimately linked to the logic of late capitalism and its relations of dependency and exploitation. Despite its appetite for otherness and difference, postmodernity does not really allow for alternatives to itself. Theologians and other theorists need to address the fact that postmodern modes of thinking are deeply rooted in the economic developments of global capitalism. A view from the margins can challenge the postmodern status quoand engage postmodern thought in freshways. The essays in this book bring together experiences from diverse locations, and each essay expands the meaning of opting for the margins in new ways by working through the tensions of postmodernity.

Keywords: capitalism; culture; economics; exploitation; margins; postmodernity; resistance

Chapter.  9588 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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