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Att tolka det tvetydiga: tro, liv och funktionshinder
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies.
2007 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The book investigates the connections between experiences of life lived with impairments and existential questions of belief and life in theory and praxis. The starting point for the book is the question of how the differences between living with, or without impairments are described. With the distinction between life with and without impairments there always follows an ambiguity. This book has chosen ICF as its model for understanding what disabilities are because this model is the most appropriate for this book’s way of approaching these questions. ICF is a model which leaves room for conflicts of interpretation and lacks precision.

The first section of the book which includes chapters one to three discusses questions of history, politics and views of humanity. The first chapter discusses how a worldviews perspective can be used to comprehend how our understanding of the category “people with disabilities” came about. The second chapter on disability politics takes as its starting point those regulations in Swedish law which forbid discrimination on a number of grounds, including disability. Chapter three addresses the question of how anthropology and our understanding of what it is to be human, changes when experiences of living with disability are taken into account.

The second part of the book discusses religious questions. The fourth chapter discusses how our perceptions of god can be influenced by experiences of a life with impairments. The fifth chapter comments upon how various biblical passages which touch on impairments should be interpreted. The sixth chapter discusses the ways in which experiences of life with suggestion impairments influences Christian theological anthropology.

This book ends with something which can be called a slow departure from the discourse of disabilities. This means an attempt to leave behind all the stigmatizing and oppressive associations which are connected to that discourse.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2007. , 178 p.
Studies in Religion and Society, ISSN 1654-630X ; 1
Keyword [en]
Faiths and ideologies, disability, impairment, ICF, hermeneutics, views of life, disability politics, God, Bible, anthropology
Keyword [sv]
Tros- och livsåskådningsvetenskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-8255ISBN: 978-91-554-6986-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-8255DiVA: diva2:131639
Available from: 2009-01-08 Created: 2009-01-08Bibliographically approved

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