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Matter, Freedom and the Future: Re-framing Feminist Theologies through an Ecological Materialist Lens

Elvey, Anne (2015) Matter, Freedom and the Future: Re-framing Feminist Theologies through an Ecological Materialist Lens. Feminist Theology, 23 (2). pp. 186-204. ISSN Print 0966-7350; Online 1745-5189

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Abstract

An ecological focus is not simply an additional perspective to add to a multidimensional approach to feminist theologies. Ecological thinking requires a fundamental shift of perspective, so that the focus of feminism, traditionally a human focus, is rethought within the frame of the materiality that constitutes not only humans but Earth and cosmos. As a way of situating feminist theological discourses and experiences ecologically, this article focuses on a shared materiality as a basis for reframing human being, dwelling, agency and labour, in terms of co-being, habitat, co-agency and more-than-human labour. This reframing implies a rethinking of human freedom that has implications for how we engage with feminist theologies in relation to the future of Earth and humankind.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Feminist theology, feminist theory, ecological theology, ecological thinking, freedom, new materialism
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220303 Environmental Philosophy
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220306 Feminist Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
A - Humanities, general
B - New Testament
A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Anne F. Elvey
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 02:32
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2016 02:32
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2036

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