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Title: Circle Thinking: African Women Theologians in Dialogue with the West
Author: Pemberton, Carrie
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004124417
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii+224
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This volume traces the origins of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, a group of African women theologians established in the 1980s. It is a movement which has been dedicated to research, publication and support of African women. The book traces a struggle against excluding and alienating practices from Western missionary tradition and African cultural transpositions in contemporary Church and society. The theology of advocacy which has emerged encourages African women to develop theologies of empowerment from their histories and struggles, and addresses the multiple crises which the continent faces. The problems of culture, ethics and post-colonialism are explored in the issues surrounding ubiquitous violence against women on the continent and the continuation of clitoridectomy as an enduring strategy for making gender and clan for some African peoples."This is a valuable book, not only as an historical account of an important network ... and it has something to say about missiological writing in a contested world today."--Robert Schreiter, Mission Studies 21.1.Readership: All those interested in African post-colonial thought, feminist theology, mission theologies, African elite theorists, the development of global church, the impact of the W. C. C. and Ecumentical theologies, identity theory, Post-Vatican II Catholicsm, diaspora and imagined communities.Carrie Pemberton, Ph.D. (1998) in Theology, the University of Cambridge, is an Anglican Priest and practical theologian. She was Director of the Women's development school at the ISTHA in Bunia DR Congo, before returning to England to pursue her doctorate. She has written extensively in connection with her work in contextual and gender theology.