Disability and relationality: Disrupting complacency, entering into vulnerability

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McArdle, Patrick. (2010) Disability and relationality: Disrupting complacency, entering into vulnerability. Australian Ejournal of Theology.
AuthorsMcArdle, Patrick
Abstract

Contemporary Western societies have established processes to draw people living with disabilities into mainstream society. Specialist care services, government funding and legislated parameters for building codes, antidiscrimination have never been more secure across societies like Australia. At the same time, however, these same societies have entered into policies and priorities that seek to ensure a very limited number of disabled persons survive to birth and that they continue to be marginalised. A relational discourse founded on the recognition of mutual vulnerability and intersubjectivity can confront our societal inconsistencies and offers the possibility of a way forward. Christian theology and practice have experience of entering into brokenness to hold a mirror to human existence, not to eliminate that brokenness but to celebrate it. A practical theology of personhood may enable the Church and society to more positively celebrate the diversity of the human condition rather than pay it lip service.

Year2010
JournalAustralian Ejournal of Theology
PublisherAustralian Catholic University
ISSN1448-6326
Open accessOpen access
Page range57 - 68
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Place of publicationAustralia
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