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Is gestalt therapy compatible with feminist theology?: a study of "practical-values"

Hinksman, Barrie L. J. (2002)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary work is of the essence of pastoral theology, most obviously where theology and the human sciences interact. Such work carries with it a number of risks that are not always addressed or even recognised. The principal risk is that a facile attempt to forge links between disciplines may lead to serious distortions of the meanings of both. This thesis examines gestalt therapy and feminist theology as possible candidates for interdisciplinary work. By reading and interrogating the literature of both disciplines, it identifies their origins and analyses their core ideas. The thesis affirms disputed links between gestalt philosophy, psychology and the later therapy, and examines other contributors to the development of gestalt and its core ideas. It next examines the development and scope of feminist theology before analysing core ideas across the range of voices in feminist writing. From these core ideas it is possible to establish the values that writers and practitioners find important in their lives (practical-values). On this basis, it is shown that these two disciplines, despite differences of history and purpose, are compatible with each other and therefore suitable candidates for interdisciplinary work.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Lartey, Emmanuel Yartekwei
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Historical Studies
Department:Department of Theology and Religion
Subjects:BF Psychology
BL Religion
BV Practical Theology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:320
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