Theology and Identity in the Context of Globalization

María Pilar Aquino

in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199273881
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Theology and Identity in the Context of Globalization

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Globalization, identity, and feminist theology have been the object of extensive academic research, and are perhaps the concepts that have had the greatest influence on our understanding of contemporary social reality and the function of religious rhetoric in today's world. In the theological field there has been a growing need to clarify the relationship between theology and identity formation in the current context of the social processes of “globalization.” This chapter explores the systematic interaction of these three concepts to bring to light the theological pertinence of a critical feminist theology of liberation for the visions and practices of social change. Such a theology develops the most appropriate analytical and hermeneutical frameworks to face the challenges raised by the current model of globalization, in the context of the social conditions created by which, a critical feminist theology functions as a religious ethical-political force of transformation for a new world of justice. The chapter is organized as follows. The first part highlights some methodological dimensions that expose the theological relevance of critical feminist liberation theology and its significance for present-day aspirations of social change. The second part addresses some key features of today's dominant model of society characterized by kyriarchal globalization, and points out their implications for feminist theological thought. The third and final part focuses on the social function of theological knowledge in the present circumstances and discusses some aspects that may shed light on possible future developments in feminist theology.

Keywords: globalization; feminist theology; identity formation; liberation theology; social change

Article.  11838 words. 

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

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