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Exploring critical, embodied, emancipatory education through deconstructions and reconstructions of womanist and black religious discourses : a social justice framework

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sabrina N. Ross (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Glenn Hudak

Abstract: "This study is a conceptual project which explores ways in which U. S. black epistemologies can provide new understandings of oppression and new strategies for transcending hierarchical relationships of power and domination. Specific epistemologies developed by enslaved Africans in the U. S. and their descendents have enabled U. S. black Americans to navigate the paradoxes and contradictions of living under conditions of oppression in a society founded on freedom and equality. It is hypothesized that these U. S. black epistemologies, which make sense of and provide strategies for managing existential feelings of alienation, displacement, and despair that accompany experiences of oppression, can be useful for the majority of people in our society who, due to the postmodern condition, are now experiencing similar existential feelings. The U. S. black epistemology chosen for this exploration is black theology. It is believed that this discipline's struggles to deal with issues of oppression, within-group heterogeneity, the complex role of Christianity in black liberation, and issues of appropriation and authenticity provide a microcosm of issues facing black Americans in U.S. The context and history of the development of black theology is provided followed by a deconstructive analysis of contemporary black theological discourse.Finally, a re-articulated black theology is constructed out of libratory black theologicaldiscourse, the Korean concept of Han (i.e. the psychological woundedness of victims of oppression), feminist theology, and selective, critical appropriations of prevailing theoriesof power and knowledge. This project ends with a discussion of the pedagogical nature of the present study. Ways in which this re-articulated black theological vision connects with critical pedagogy and social justice are explicated."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

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Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
United States, black, epistemologies, understandings, oppression, strategies, transcending, hierarchical relationships, power, domination
Subjects
Black theology--History
African Americans--Religion
Womanist theology--History--20th century
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity--History