Interrupting separateness, disrupting comfort : an autoethnographic account of lived religion, ubuntu and spatial justice

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dc.contributor.author Eliastam, John Leslie Benjamin
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-18T09:08:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-18T09:08:29Z
dc.date.issued 2016-11-24
dc.description This article emanates from a joint Consultation on Spatial Justice and Reconciliation, co-hosted as part of the Social Justice and Reconciliation Research Theme in the Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, led by Dr Stephan de Beer, and the Theological Cluster of the Ubuntu Research Project in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria, led by Prof Julian Müller. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This article uses a fictionalised encounter as the basis for an autoethnographic exploration of the intersections between the South African social value of ubuntu and the notion of spatial justice. Ubuntu describes the interconnectedness of human lives. It asserts that a person is only a person through other people, a recognition that calls for deep respect, empathy and kindness. Ubuntu is expressed in selfless generosity and sharing. The spatial turn in the social sciences and humanities has resulted in a concern with the relationship between space and justice. It recognises that space is not simply an empty container in which people live and act, but is something that is constructed by social relations – and simultaneously constitutive of them. While this recognition gives rise to spatial perspectives on justice, what constitutes spatial, justice, as distinct from other notions of justice, and how such justice is to be achieved are contested. Building on the work of legal scholar, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, on spatial justice, I argue that the notion of ubuntu is able to shape our understanding of spatial justice, and when practised, it is able to disrupt space and challenge dominant spatial configurations. en_ZA
dc.description.department Practical Theology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Eliastam, J., 2016, ‘Interrupting separateness, disrupting comfort: An autoethnographic account of lived religion, ubuntu and spatial justice’, HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 72(1), a3488. http://dx.DOI. org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3488. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i1.3488
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/58553
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Ubuntu en_ZA
dc.subject Spatial justice en_ZA
dc.subject Religion en_ZA
dc.subject Separateness en_ZA
dc.subject Comfort en_ZA
dc.subject Lived religion en_ZA
dc.subject Autoethnographic exploration en_ZA
dc.title Interrupting separateness, disrupting comfort : an autoethnographic account of lived religion, ubuntu and spatial justice en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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