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Title: An emancipatory family theology : towards a contextual model of inner-city family pastoral care in the Caribbean
Author: Hazle, Dave
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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This study explores pastoral care for Caribbean families within inner-city communities. It utilises a Caribbean theological methodology which, like other theologies of liberation, is praxis centred and contextual. As such, the thesis begins with a socio-historical background to the region and to the patterns of family present there. Moreover, this research takes as its aims the development of a contextual family theology and a model of family pastoral care. The study is presented as illustrating the movement, in Caribbean theology, from a critical mode to a more constructive and strategic mode. Using Jamaica, the largest of the English speaking Caribbean islands, as a unit of research, it makes use of a qualitative case study approach to explore the perceptions of family in an inner-city community in Kingston, Jamaica. The data collected, with the help of focus groups and individual interviews, allowed for a comparison of family experiences and perspectives between residents and people attending churches in the community. From this data, information was obtained about family in general, family life in the case study community, views on the Church and perceptions of God's vision of families compared with the Church's response to them. The thesis demonstrates how these insights were brought into dialogue with others from theological and non-theological sources. Arising from this conversation, it then proposed a contextual family theology. This theological framework adopts an emancipatory paradigm, which is central to Caribbean theological methodology. Moreover, it laid the foundation for a model of inner-city family pastoral care, which the study went on to outline. The thesis is set out in five chapters. The first chapter, Chains and Freedom, gives a background to the Caribbean and of family life in inner-city communities. Chapter two, Moments in Theology: A Methodologyfor a Contextual Theology, explores the theological methodology that underpins this study. It outlines an interpretation of Caribbean theological methodology and discusses the details of the case study approach used as part of the analysis of the context. The third chapter, Let the People Speak, is a presentation of the findings from the case study. In the fourth chapter, Freedom to Be ... An Emancipatory Family Theology, a theological framework for families and praxis with them in the Caribbean is presented. Finally in chapter five, The Whole Church for all Families, a model of family pastoral care for inner-city families is offered. It ends with a call for the churches in the region to embrace the need to see family ministry as a current mission priority for the well-being of Caribbean people and the advancement of their societies. To this end, some areas for further research in family pastoral theology are identified.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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