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This American MomentA Feminist Christian Realist Intervention$
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Caron E. Gentry

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190901264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190901264.001.0001

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Creatively Engaging the Political

Creatively Engaging the Political

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(p.40) Chapter 2 Creatively Engaging the Political
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This American Moment
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Caron E. Gentry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190901264.003.0003

This chapter establishes feminist Christian realism in IR as focused upon addressing power structures and articulating a rigorous creative response to anxiety. A creative response to injustice recognizes not just the ability of love to operate in political contexts but the absolute need for it to do so. Creativity has been reduced to an egotistical proposition, glorifying human ingenuity and genius. It tends to focus on the people who are well recognized and therefore set apart from the rest of population for their contributions to society: whether this is written or spoken word, music, visual arts, or inventions. There is an alternative perspective on creativity, one that is not located within human ingenuity per se but rather on relationships, community, and agape—one that is cognizant of mutual vulnerability.

Keywords:   feminism, creativity, vulnerability, anxiety, relationality

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