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Title: The complex negotiation of human identity in a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender interfaith context
Author: Gaffin, Jenny
ISNI:       0000 0004 2686 7219
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 2006
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The thesis is an Action Research investigation into the development of a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) interfaith project, which ran in Soho from September 2001 to October 2005. The argument is that there is an urgent need to acknowledge the full complexity of the encounter between people who are radically different to one another. Such encounters inevitably involve conflicting and, at times, irreconcilable needs and interests. The recognition of the complexity of the moment, captured through use of the Action Research methodology, facilitates a critique of reductionism in the academic context, and provides the rationale for a safe method of negotiating human difference in our increasingly diverse communities. Written from the perspective of a pastoral worker and an academic, it argues that such work is a theological necessity. The main contribution to academic knowledge lies in the use of the methodology of Action Research in the context of an LGBT interfaith project. Interviews with participants in the project, and direct involvement in the project's development, made it possible to build up a complex picture of the issues with which the participants were preoccupied. This in turn enabled engagement in a critical dialogue with the relevant bodies of academic knowledge across different disciplines. The thesis begins by outlining the theological background of the thesis. It then proceeds to examine relevant literature drawn from postcolonial studies, cultural studies, religious studies, philosophy, theology, queer theory and theology, feminist theory and theology, and management research. An outline of Action Research Methodology follows, before moving into an analysis of the interviews themselves. Theological reflections on the data from the interviews are offered , and the thesis is concluded by reflecting fully on the contribution it makes to academic knowledge.
Supervisor: Stuart, Elizabeth ; Harvey, Graham Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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