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The elephant in the room : the need to re-discover the intersection between poverty, powerlessness and power in ‘theology and development’ praxis

dc.contributor.authorBowers-du Toit, Nadineen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-17T06:54:12Z
dc.date.available2017-01-17T06:54:12Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationBower-du Toit, N. 2016. The elephant in the room : the need to re-discover the intersection between poverty, powerlessness and power in ‘theology and development’ praxis. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 72(4):1-9, doi:10.4102/hts.v72i4.3459en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/hts.v72i4.3459
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100462
dc.descriptionCITATION: Bowers-du Toit, N. 2016. The elephant in the room : the need to re-discover the intersection between poverty, powerlessness and power in ‘theology and development’ praxis. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 72(4):1-9, doi:10.4102/hts.v72i4.3459.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.hts.org.za
dc.descriptionPublication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.
dc.description.abstractSouth Africa remains a divided community on many levels: socially, racially and socioeconomically. This is no more evident than in the recent protests – most notably waged on university campuses and on the streets in the past year. This, the article argues, is closely related to the need to reclaim the notion of power by those who feel they remain relegated to the social and economic peripheries after over 20 years of democracy. While ‘theology and development’ praxis has been most closely associated in a post-apartheid era with welfare and charity approaches or pragmatic interaction with state and civil society (both of which have been critiqued), what has not been sufficiently addressed is the notion of power which once dominated ecclesiastical discourses. This is the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’, which the article argues must once again be revisited and re-engaged – both within scholarly reflection and within church practice – in order to address these divides.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/3459
dc.format.extent9 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS Publishingen_ZA
dc.subjectPublic Theologyen_ZA
dc.titleThe elephant in the room : the need to re-discover the intersection between poverty, powerlessness and power in ‘theology and development’ praxisen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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