Meaning in Our Bodies: Sensory Perception as Constructive Theological Imagination
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Movement, smell, vision, and other perceptual experiences are ways of thinking and orienting ourselves in the world and are increasingly recognized as important resources for theology. In Meaning in Our Bodies, Heike Peckruhn seeks to discover how embodied differences like gender, race, disability, and sexuality connect to perceptual experience and theological imagination. Peckruhn offers historical and cultural comparisons, showing how sensory experience can order normalcy, social status, and communal belonging. She argues that scholars who appeal to the importance of bodily experiences need to acquire a robust and nuanced understanding of how sensory perceptions and interactions are cultural and theological acts of making meaning. This is a critical volume for feminist theorists and theologians, critical race theorists, scholars of disability and embodiment, and liberation thinkers who take experiences seriously as sources for theologizing and religious analysis.
Oxford University Press
328 pages ; 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.
feminist theology, constructive theology, body theology, phenomenology, disability studies, queer studies, critical race theory, sensory anthropology, experience, body studies
Peckruhn, H. (2017). Meaning in Our Bodies : Sensory Experience as Construcive Theological Imagination (American Academy of Religion Academy Series). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.