The Violence of Poverty: Theology and Activism in an 'Age of Austerity'

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    Abstract

    Faith groups are in the front line of the struggle to defeat poverty in breadline Britain. Given their roots in local communities Churches and Christian NGOs are well-placed to challenge economic policies that have resulted in the spiraling of food poverty, homelessness, personal debt and child poverty. By framing poverty as a political choice, a form of structural violence and systemic sin this paper brings peace studies and political theology into a constructive dialogue. In the face of ongoing “austerity” the paper demonstrates that poverty represents a clear and present danger to the social fabric of the UK and argues that only a re-imagined interdisciplinary theology of liberation can provide academics and activists with the tools needed to defeat systemic poverty and the cultural violence upon which it rests.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)243-261
    Number of pages19
    JournalPolitical Theology
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    Early online date8 Nov 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Political Theology on 08/11/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1462317X.2018.1543820

    Keywords

    • Poverty
    • Liberation Theology
    • peace studies
    • Political Theology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies

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