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Title: Disability as hermeneutic : towards a theology of community
Author: Wallman, Jane. E.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2718 6706
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2001
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In this thesis I argue that despite the post-modernist assertion that we no longer have a shared understanding of humanity we are still driven by the instinctive desire to survive. We have created value-systems that stigmatise disability. I view disability as a community taboo that reduces our capacity to reflect on the nature of human being. If we engineer humans by reflecting the fashions of a particular culture we risk creating community desensitised to difference and diversity. Using liberation theology as a methodological tool, I understand people with disabilities as an oppressed group. I argue that people with disabilities perform a similar function to those who live with poverty. They represent the anawin - God's little ones with a special place in creating the Kingdom of God. I examine Nietzsche's philosophy as the antithesis of this position. Finally, I establish some characteristics of a disabilist hermeneutic through the exegesis of John 9. I conclude that without disability, we become less effective as a community in offering a commentary on life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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