Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Recognizing Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Recognizing Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity

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Recognizing Other Subjects: Feminist Pastoral Theology and the Challenge of Identity. By Katharine E. Lassiter. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2015. 200 pp. $25.00 (paper).

This book is a great resource book for scholars, activists, and pastoral caregivers. Katharine Lassiter collected resources from pastoral theology and social theory and puts together a feminist praxis of encounter intending to advance care that prioritizes justice. She frames her book around the question, "What happens when our becoming conflicts with the ideal desires and norms of the people and institutions in which we live and move and have our being?" (p. 1). Lassiter argues that feminist theology has not adequately reflected on the construction of its female subject and the role of identity in this task. She examines theories of recognition drawn from psychoanalytic theory and social theory, and puts them into conversation with feminist pastoral theology. Lassiter draws from three principal theorists: Judith Butler, Marcella Althaus-Reid, and Jessica Benjamin. Also included are many firstperson narratives to assist the reader in understanding how within our being, the personal and the political are held together closely.

Yes, the book is an academic read, and thus, it took my practitioner mindset some time to get drawn into the length and depth of the content. …

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