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Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference$
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Margaret D. Kamitsuka

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311624.001.0001

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 An Introduction to the Challenge of Difference

 An Introduction to the Challenge of Difference

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(p.3) 1 An Introduction to the Challenge of Difference
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Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference
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Margaret D. Kamitsuka (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311624.003.0001

Feminist theology, with relatively new institutional standing within the field of Christian theology, has become divided and enriched (from it's white feminist author's perspective) by difference — especially in light of womanist, mujerista, lesbian, two-thirds-world, and other self-named women's theologies. This chapter introduces the challenge of difference by examining one of the most historically central yet hotly contested feminist methodological themes today — the appeal to women's experience. This is followed by a discussion of two markers of difference (and sites of privilege) that will be an ongoing focus: race and sexuality. Illustrations are given of how white racial privilege and heterosexist privilege can manifest even in contexts of collegial feminist theological dialogue.

Keywords:   women's experience, white feminist theology, womanist theology, racism, heterosexism

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