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God and the VictimTraumatic Intrusions on Grace, and Freedom$
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Jennifer Erin Beste

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311099.001.0001

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 The Fragmented Self and Constrained Agency

 The Fragmented Self and Constrained Agency

Feminist Theories as Correctives to a Rahnerian Anthropology

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God and the Victim

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This chapter brings into the conversation between trauma theory and theology a third conversation partner: feminist theory. It examines certain feminist conceptions of self and agency that differ from Rahner's theological anthropology. Since feminist theory has been concerned with ways that varied forms of oppression (a type of interpersonal harm) and violence against women impact women's sense of self and agency, it is important to explore whether feminists shed any light on the dynamics of traumatization and recovery from traumatic violence. Paying particular attention to Judith Butler's and Diana Meyers's accounts of the self and agency, this chapter identifies certain insights from feminist theory that resonate with the findings of trauma research.

Keywords:   feminist theory, Judith Butler, Diana Meyers, agency, trauma, oppression

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