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Frederick Douglass, a Psychobiography : Rethinking Subjectivity in the Western Experiment of Democracy
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ISBN: 3319752286 3319752294 Year: 2018 Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan,

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In the extreme context of the American slavocracy, how do we account for the robust subjectivity and agency of Frederick Douglass? In an environment of extremity, where most contemporary psychological theory suggests the human spirit would be vanquished, how did Frederick Douglass emerge to become one of the most prolific thinkers of the 19th century? To address this question, this book engages in a psychoanalytic examination of all four of Frederick Douglass’ autobiographies. Danjuma Gibson examines when, how, and why Douglass tells his story in the manner he does, how his story shifts and takes shape with each successive autobiography, and the resulting psychodynamic, pastoral, and practical theological implications.


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Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology
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ISBN: 3319944533 3319944541 Year: 2018 Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Pivot,

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This book establishes how Buddhism in the Insight Meditation tradition supports “remarkable relational resilience” for women who are of African descent and same-sex loving, yet living in a society that often invalidates women, African-Americans, LGBTQ people, and non-Christians. Pamela Ayo Yetunde explores the psycho-sexual experiences of African-American Buddhist lesbians, and shows that their abilities to be in healthy relationships are made possible through their Buddhist practices and communities, even in the face of invisibilizing forces related to racial, gender, sexuality, and religious discrimination and oppression.

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