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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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 Rethinking Solidarity

 Rethinking Solidarity

(p.137) 6 Rethinking Solidarity
Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference

Margaret D. Kamitsuka (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter addresses one of the most contested issues in feminist theology today: solidarity. Three important contemporary approaches to this issue (by white feminists Sharon Welch and Sheila Greeve Davaney and womanist M. Shawn Copeland) are examined. In critical conversation with Welch's views on communicative action, Davaney's pragmatism, and Copeland's appeal to eucharistic unity, the chapter proposes some conditions under which feminists might continue rethinking the notion of solidarity. This is followed by discussion of how a metaphor borrowed somewhat eclectically from the field of dance improvisation theory can help us look anew (though still very skeptically) at solidarity in light of inescapable and determinative differences in women's experience.

Keywords:   solidarity, Sharon Welch, communicative action, Sheila Greeve Davaney, pragmatism, M. Shawn Copeland, dance improvization

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