Longing for Home Hardback

Forced Displacement and Postures of Hospitality

by M. Jan Holton;

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Longing for Home

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What is it about the concept of "home" that makes its loss so profound and devastating, and how should the trauma of exile and alienation be approached theologically? M. Jan Holton examines the psychological, social, and theological impact of forced displacement on communities in the Congo and South Sudan and on indigenous Batwa tribespersons in Uganda, as well as on homeless U.S. citizens and on U.S. soldiers returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Drawing on ethnographic work in Africa, extensive research in practical theology, sociology, social ethics, and psychology, as well as on pastoral work and personal experiences in America and abroad, the author explores how social alienation can become institutionalized and offers a blueprint for understanding how communities of faith can respond by cultivating hospitality outside of their own comfort zones. An essential study that addresses an urgent interreligious global concern, Holton's thoughtful and courageous work serves as a constructive contribution to both practical and public theology.

Longing for Home by M. Jan Holton was published by Yale University Press in August 2016. The ISBN for Longing for Home is 9780300207620.

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Details for Longing for Home

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherYale University Press (August 2016)
Number of Pages224
Thickness20 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4378244
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