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Title: 'My story is an opening to another world' : poetic practical theology, lived experiences, and transformation
Author: Radford, Clare Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 7969 6038
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2019
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In this thesis I critically examine practices of sharing lived experiences for transforming social and political relations. To do so, I construct a poetic approach to practical theology in order to address how creative expressions of everyday lived experiences of marginalisation interrupt and reshape theological practices and public life. This work is based upon my creative, collaborative research with Poverty Truth Commission over several years to examine their practices of sharing lived experience stories in order to address poverty and inequality. Key to the work is a reflexive consideration of my position as a researcher in gathering, interpreting, and representing lived experiences in this thesis. Beginning in the work of Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Rebecca Chopp, and Mayra Rivera, the thesis engages a responsiveness to who and what has been traditionally excluded from theological practices of meaning-making, and to the corporeal, imaginative, and sacred nature of creative practices of sharing lived experiences. I develop these concerns through engaging with critiques of where practical theological research recuperates lived experiences of poverty and marginalisation into broad, general categories and containers. Drawing on poetic approaches I construct a practical theological methodology of passionate, ambivalent making with and through embodied, everyday lived experiences. Examining the claims to transformation in qualitative research methods, I detail the creative qualitative and collaborative research methods used for engaging with Poverty Truth Commission. An outline of this research process and the ethical issues are provided. I present the material gathered in this research through ethnographic and autoethnographic writing reflecting on the development of the creative, collaborative project 'Connecting Stories', and also the creative product - an interactive exhibition. The findings from this research highlight the 'cultures of disbelief and judgement' at work in the age of austerity in the UK, cultures impacting access to material resources and how people's stories are heard in public. I argue that by holding open space for particular and plural lived experiences and affirming the meaning-making capacities of marginalised communities, poetic practices can disrupt and reshape these cultures. I draw together this thesis through a series of concluding, interrupting, and transforming moves, reflecting on practices of making theology through ongoing and fragile experiences and offering an understanding of the everyday nature of transformation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: BV Practical Theology