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Taking It to the Streets: Public Theologies of Activism and Resistance is an edited volume that explores the critical intersection of public theology, political theology, and communal practices of activism and political resistance. This volume functions as a sister/companion to the text Religion and Science as Political Theology: Navigating Post-Truth and Alternative Facts and focuses on public, civic, performative action as a response to experiences of injustice and diminishments of humanity. There are periods in a nation’s civil history when the tides of social unrest rise into waves upon waves of public activism and resistance of the dominant uses of power. In American history, activism and public action including and extending beyond the Women’s Suffrage, the Million Man March, protests against the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, Boston Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, the Stonewall Rebellion are hallmarks of transitional or liminal moments in our development as a society. Critical periods marked by increases in public activism and political resistance are opportunities for a society to once again decide who we will be as a people. Will we move towards a more perfect union in which all persons gain freedom in fulfilling their potential or will we choose the perceived safety of the status quo and established norms of power? Whose voices will be heard? Whose will be silenced through intimidation or harm? Ultimately, these are theological questions.

Like other forms of non-textual research subjects (movement, dance, performance art), public activism requires a set of research lenses that are often neglected in theological and religious studies. Attention to bodies, as a category, performance, or epistemological vehicle, is sorely lacking so it is no wonder that attention to the mass of moving bodies in activism is largely absent. Activism and public political resistance are a hallmark of our current social webbing and deserve scholarly attention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498590105
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Baldwin is director of Grounding Flight Wellness Center and editor of Navigating Post-Truth and Alternative Facts: Religion and Science as Political Theology and Sensing Sacred: Exploring the Human Senses in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care.

Table of Contents

Preface: “Vulnerability, Righteous Anger, and Protest: Forming Public Theologies of Activism and Resistance” Jennifer Baldwin
Part 1: Forming Action
Chapter 1: “Feel Awful? How to Identify Trump’s Politics of Abuse and Subvert It” Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
Chapter 2: “A Womanist Perspective on the Election of Donald Trump: What Pastors Are Called to Do” Linda Thomas
Chapter 3: “Warriors of Compassion: Coordinates on the Compass of Compassion-Based Activism” Frank Rogers
Chapter 4:“Disrupting the Public Square: Prophetic Pastoral Care and Witness in Times of Trauma” Michelle Walsh
Chapter 5: “Protest and Resistance as Liturgy of the People” Jennifer Baldwin
Part 2: Cultural Resourcing for Activism
Chapter 6 “‘Because I’m Your Mother, That’s Why’: Scientific Authority and The March for Science” Lisa Stenmark
Chapter 7 “Black Theology and Hip-Hop Theology: Theologies of Activism and Resistance” Willie Hudson
Chapter 8: “‘Saint Hillary,’ On Unserious Activism” Tony Hoshaw
Chapter 9: “Love Trumps Hate: Images of Political Love from Pussyhat Makers” Donna Bowman
Chapter 10: “Achieving Reproductive Justice: Theology and Activism” Thia Cooper
Part 3: Militarism and Resistance to State Violence
Chapter 11: “Why Resistance Fails?” Olli-Pekka Vainio
Chapter 12: “Homeland Theology?: Decolonizing Christianity and the Task of Public Theology” Hille Haker
Chapter 13: “Political Theology in the Trump Era: Sacrificial Frameworks in the U.S. ‘Neoliberal Disimagination Machine’” Kelly Denton-Borhaug
Chapter 14: “A Spirituality of Activism: The Chicago Air and Water Show” Robert Bossie
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