Church as heterotopia

Show simple item record Van Wyk, Tanya 2014-10-02T06:55:28Z 2014-10-02T06:55:28Z 2014-09-04
dc.description This article is a reworked version of a paper presented at the 4th annual interdisciplinary ‘Space and Place’ conference, Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, 09–12 September 2013. en_US
dc.description.abstract This article reflects on an ecclesiastical institution as a spatial panoptic structure which domesticates representational space as a hierarchy of power devoid of a sensitivity for the ‘human Other’ (Autrui). The notion of heterotopia is promoted to deconstruct spatiality and linearity (time) as theological binary concepts. Being church as heterotopia does not deny the desire for the utopian dimension in religious thinking but holds on to utopian thinking amidst adversity and diversity. Therefore the concept of heterotopia is used to describe reconciliatory diversity, which is characteristic of an inclusive postmodern church which is a space where unity is not threatened by diversity, where the one is not afraid of the Other. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Van Wyk, T., 2014, ‘Church as heterotopia’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2684, 7 pages. 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2684. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2684
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_US
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Church en_US
dc.subject Heterotopia en_US
dc.subject Diversity en_US
dc.subject Power en_US
dc.subject Human Other (Autrui) en_US
dc.subject Spatiality en_US
dc.subject Linearity en_US
dc.subject Utopian thinking en_US
dc.title Church as heterotopia en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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