Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh Paperback
A Secular Theology for the Global City
by Sharon V. Betcher;
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Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh
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While sourced from Christianity, these theological poetics are frequently set in conversation with other religions resident in our postcolonial cities so as to develop social muscles - like freedom from reactivity or corporeal generosity - not always recognized by culture at large. Because "oppression uses aesthetic judgments for its violence" (Siebers) and because the change in economic and ecological forecasts severely challenges the climate of idealism, the critically examined life of the contemporary urbanite is specifically worked through the analytic corpus of disability studies to open out the diverse angles and degrees of precarity ensconced still in the postcolonial city. The performative choreography of one who has consequently assumed the careful work of an examined life for moving along the corridors of global cities might be named "crip/tography." As a metaphor, crip/tography insinuates "disability" - that master trope for human disqualification inherited from modernism and underwriting colonialism - as a lens for hermeneutically opening out urban aesthetics and analytically assessing human affects.
Crip/tography - this nomad spiritual philosophy for everyday life - is not so much a project of "saving" even the vulnerable other as it is learning to live precarious life with the deepest sense of devotion and faithfulness possible. Insomuch as Spirit serves this secular theology as a theopoetic locus for critically examining and differently evaluating the "common sense" and economics that moves our cities, "crip/tography" names a proposed choreography, a calculus based on Spirit's generosity, its spacious and fearless empathy, that redresses fear, advances neighbor love, interrupts circuits of disgust and iconographically crips platonic notions of beauty.
Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh by Sharon V. Betcher was published by Fordham University Press in October 2013. The ISBN for Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh is 9780823253913.
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|Author / Artist||Sharon V. Betcher|
|Publisher||Fordham University Press (October 2013)|
|Number of Pages||312|
|Page last updated||25th July 2013|