The Limits of Poststructuralism for Feminist Theology

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Spring 2006


Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


There is much debate within feminist theology about which construal of subjectivity and agency best promotes the feminist aim to promote justice and flourishing for humanity and the rest of creation. A growing number of feminist theologians argue for the need to dismiss modern construals of subjectivity and agency and adopt a poststructuralist framework. This article examines the poststructuralist concepts of subjectivity and agency according to criteria of how well they attend to the effects of severe bodily harm and how well they can provide theoretical resources to foster healing and recovery for persons traumatized by child sexual abuse.