The Grenfell 72: Austerity, Trauma and Liberation Theology

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Drawing on original qualitative fieldwork data, this chapter analyses the causes and impact of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, arguing that it needs to be seen as a form of structural or bureaucratic violence and trauma resulting from systemic inequality and austerity age poverty. The chapter explores Christian responses to Grenfell, housing injustice and wider forms of structural injustice through the lens of liberation theology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBearing Witness
Subtitle of host publicationIntersectional Perspectives on Trauma Theology
EditorsKaren O'Donnell, Katie Cross
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSCM Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)978-0-334-06117-5
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2022


  • Austerity
  • Liberation Theology
  • Poverty
  • Grenfell Tower
  • Trauma
  • Christianity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Religious studies
  • Urban Studies


  • Faith and Peaceful Relations


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