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Transethnic Feminist Theology of Asia: Globalization, Identities, and Solidarities

Namsoon Kang

in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199273881
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199273881.003.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Transethnic Feminist Theology of Asia: Globalization, Identities, and Solidarities

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This chapter proposes a transethnic feminist theology of Asia, where one's ethnicity can be an entry point but where one moves beyond geographic, cultural, or ethnic boundaries and interests. This transethnic perspective requires a radical ecumenical spirit which adopts a very dialectical approach to race, ethnicity, and culture, and a fundamental awareness that the local, the particular, or the ethnic has always been shaped by the global and the global by the local. This transethnic perspective ought to produce not a blind universalism but a relational and dialectical universalism that promotes “shared sensibilities” across the boundaries of class, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, or orientation without sacrificing the particular situatedness of one's geopolitical and discursive location. This transethnic positionality further establishes a firm ground for the “recognition of common commitments” and will “serve as a base for solidarity and coalition” amongst those who work for the betterment of our society.

Keywords: globalization; Asian feminist theology; ethnicity; race; culture

Article.  10579 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Interfaith Relations ; Philosophy of Religion

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