Violence, entitlement, and politics: A theology on transforming the subject

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This book is an exercise in political theology, exploring the problem of gender- based violence by focusing on violent male subjects and the issue of entitlement. It addresses gender-based violence in familial and military settings before engaging with a wider political context. The chapters draw on sources ranging from Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and étienne Balibar to Rowan Williams and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Entitlement is theorized and interpreted as a gender pattern, predisposing subjects towards controlling behaviour and/or violent actions. Steven Ogden develops a theology of transformation, stressing immanence. He examines entitled subjects, predisposed to violence, where transformation requires a limit-experience that wrenches the subject from itself. The book then rejects on today's pervasive strongman politics, where political rationalities foster proprietorial thinking and entitlement gender patterns, and how theology is called to develop counter-discourses and counter-practices.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
Number of pages150
ISBN (Electronic)9780429273520
ISBN (Print)9780367221515, 9781032076638
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies


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