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The Option for the Poor and the Exclusion of Women

Elina Vuola

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.003.0006

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

 The Option for the Poor and the Exclusion of Women

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The author calls upon liberation theology to undertake a critical dialogue with postmodernism and feminism, a dialogue which would take a critical look at how the preferential option for the poor has excluded some voices, especially those of poor women. The author discusses developments inthe understanding of the preferential option as well as the role of academic liberation theologians. The concept of the option for the poor has been both too general and too narrow to include the multiplicity of situations in which the poor live. Through a critical dialogue with postmodernism and feminism, liberation theology should gain a deeper understanding of the poor as gendered, sexual, and reproductive beings.

Keywords: feminism; gender; liberation theology; postmodernism; preferential option; reproduction; sexuality

Chapter.  9825 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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