Stand down, sit up, and talanoa

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This opening chapter serves two functions: First, drawing from the title of one of the signature reggae songs, Stand up, to suggest an alternative attitude to the imperializing and imperiling ways of Christian theologies and missions. I invite standing down (a military stance), sitting up (a common call by activists), and talanoa (a Pasifika term for story, telling, conversation) on the stuff of empires, religions and power. This is the attitude that the essays in this collection, together, invite. Second, to situate the essays in relation to the problematics of empires, religions and power, and in relation to the flow of the book (from discernment to disturbance and engagement).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and power
EditorsJione Havea
Place of PublicationLanham
PublisherLexington Books
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781978703551
ISBN (Print)9781978703544
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

Publication series

NameTheology in the Age of Empire
PublisherLexington Books / Fortress Academic


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