Subalternity and Advocacy as <i>Kairos</i> for Theology

Mark Lewis Taylor

in Opting for the Margins

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161199
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835201 | DOI:

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

 Subalternity and Advocacy as Kairos for Theology

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This essay explores a central crisis facing theologians of liberation in the postmodern context: those seeking to hear the voice of the subalterns and to advocate on their behalf may also participate in structures and exercises of domination and privilege that reinforce the subalterns’ “speechlessness.” The author situates this problem within a postmodernism which can unsettle yet can also reinforce structures of domination. The author suggests four modes of authentic advocacy required to make for a ikairosmoment in theology, wherein crisis provokes and enables new opportunities for transformation.

Keywords: advocacy; domination; kairos; liberation; postmodernism; subaltern

Chapter.  10421 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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