In her new book Gajjala examines online community formations and subjectivities that are produced at the intersection of technologies and globalization. She describes the process of designing and building cyberfeminist webs for South Asian women´s communities, the generation of feminist cyber(auto)ethnographies, and offers a third-world critique of cyberfeminism. She ultimately views virtual communities as imbedded in real life communities and contexts, with human costs. The online discussions are visible, textual records of the discourses that circulate within real life communities. Her methodology involves a form of ´cyberethnography,´ which explores the dialogic and disruptive possibilities of the virtual medium and of hypertext. Gajjala´s work addresses the political, economic, and cultural ramifications of the Internet communication explosion. This book will be a valuable reference for those with an interest in cultural studies, feminist studies, and new technologies.
Drawing on years of clinical experience, the authors take readers on a remarkable journey of self-discovery. The ´´sub personalities´´ that live with the self are explained, allowing readers to pursue their individual destinies. (Holism/Psychology)
This book is an original discussion of key problems in moraltheory. The author argues that the work of recent feministtheorists in this area, particularly that of Carol Gilligan, marksa radically new departure in moral thinking. Gilligan claims thatthere is not only one true, moral voice, but two: one masculine,one feminine. Moral values and concerns associated with a feminineoutlook are relational rather than autonomous; they depend uponinteraction with others. In a far-reaching examination and critique of Gilligan´s theory,Hekman seeks to deconstruct the major traditions of moral theorywhich have been dominant since the Enlightenment. She challengesthe centrepiece of that tradition: the disembodied, autonomoussubject of modernist philosophy. Gilligan´s approach transformsmoral theory from the study of abstract universal principles to theanalysis of moral claims situated in the interactions of people indefinite social contexts. Hekman argues that Gilligan´s approachentails a multiplicity of moral voices, not just one or eventwo. This book addresses moral problems in a challenging way and willfind a wide readership among philosopher´s, feminist thinkers andpsychologists.
Description: What if we are more multiple as persons than traditional psychology has taught us to believe? And what if our multiplicity is a part of how we are made in the very image of a loving, relational, multiple God? How have modern, Western notions of Oneness caused harm--to both individuals and society? And how can an appreciation of our multiplicity help liberate the voices of those who live at the margins, both of society and within our own complex selves? Braided Selves explores these questions from the perspectives of postmodern pastoral psychology and Trinitarian theology, with implications for the practice of spiritual care, counseling, and psychotherapy. This volume gathers ten years of essays on this theme by preeminent pastoral theologian Pamela Cooper-White, whose writings bring into dialogue postmodern, feminist, and psychoanalytic theory and constructive theology. Endorsements: ´´´´The polyvalent beauty of the titular metaphor weaves right through this powerful new contribution to relational theology--in its most currently postmodern theory and practice. Managing to remain breathtakingly readable, this text offers its manifold gifts to the whole range of theological disciplines. Braid this book into your lives, your ministries, your studies, your selves!´´´´ --Catherine Keller Professor of Constructive Theology Drew Theological School ´´´´Braided Selves is a remarkable collection of richly nuanced, provocative, debatable, generative, and above all, truly important essays at the intersection of psychoanalytic theory, theological anthropology, constructive theology, and pastoral theology by one who may now be the most profound and searching pastoral theologian of our time. Pamela Cooper-White writes in a fluid, interesting, and highly readable style, while probing the depths of some of the most important issues in contemporary, postmodern theological anthropology and clinical and pastoral practice. This book cannot be too highly recommended.´´´´ --Rodney J. Hunter Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology Candler School of Theology, Emory University ´´´´Braided Selves is what authentic theology could be in the twenty-first century: theoretically rich without fleeing into metaphysical and rhetorical abstractions; rooted in human experience without degenerating into sentimentality and cliché. Anyone who cares about religious reflection in this troubled time should read this book. It will be a loss if Dr. Cooper-White´s text is in any way restricted only to those who have ´pastoral´ in their job description.´´´´ --James W. Jones Professor of Psychology of Religion Rutgers University About the Contributor(s): Pamela Cooper-White is the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, and Director of the Atlanta Theological Association´s ThD program in Pastoral Counseling. In 2005 she received the American Association of Pastoral Counselors´ national award for Distinguished Achievement in Research and Writing. Cooper-White holds PhDs from Harvard University and from the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. She is the author of Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy and Theology in Relational Perspective (2007), Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling (2004), and The Cry of Tamar: Violence against Women and the Church´s Response (1995).
The ethnography of Japan is currently being reshaped by a new generation of Japanologists, and the present work certainly deserves a place in this body of literature. . . . The combination of utility with beauty makes Kondo´s book required reading, for those with an interest not only in Japan but also in reflexive anthropology, women´s studies, field methods, the anthropology of work, social psychology, Asian Americans, and even modern literature.´´--Paul H. Noguchi, ´´American Anthropologist´´ ´´Kondo´s work is significant because she goes beyond disharmony, insisting on complexity. Kondo shows that inequalities are not simply oppressive-they are meaningful ways to establish identities.´´--Nancy Rosenberger, ´´Journal of Asian Studies