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A/gender for change : a feminist interrogation of secular and theological discourses relating to the new reproductive technologies

Stoyle, Jacci (2004) A/gender for change : a feminist interrogation of secular and theological discourses relating to the new reproductive technologies. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The aim of this thesis is to deconstruct the ethical framework, in which the theological community deliberates the new reproductive technologies (NRTs) and to interrogate the constructions of woman and the embryo that have correlated into the ensuing discourses from ecclesiastic traditions. The foundational premise is that the church does not fulfil its pastoral and prophetic role in this increasingly vital socio-cultural area, predominantly because woman’s subject position of invisibility in theological discourses prevents the church from speaking differently to the secular world. The methodology establishes the validity of using critical discourse analysis as a tool of deconstruction based on the insights of Michel Foucault. This is then deployed to interrogate the constructions of woman and the embryo circulating in the popular NRT narratives of the media in order to ground a secular baseline. From this vantage point, critical discourse analysis is undertaken on two church reports and three theological texts. The concluding chapter sketches a different framework of moral perception, within which the church would be enabled to offer greater empathy in its pastoral care and also to prophetically challenge macro-systems of power more effectively.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: School of Critical Studies - Practical Theology
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 2004
Depositing User: Elaine Ballantyne
Unique ID: glathesis:2004-2480
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2011
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:55
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/2480

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