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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

versão On-line ISSN 2412-4265
versão impressa ISSN 1017-0499

Studia Hist. Ecc. vol.38 no.1 Pretoria Mai. 2012


Operating in a "site of struggle": Church structures, theological stance and the activist clergyperson



Anthony Egan

Jesuit Institute South Africa, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa




The article proposes that one needs to understand the "action space" of an activist clergyperson in the constraints of his/her church's structures which often form a kind of "Ideological State Apparatus" that limits activism. A more democratic church structure does not necessarily make for greater action space; nor does a liberal theology necessarily translate into effective political praxis. The article concludes with the opinion that a lot more work needs to be done on these structural issues for a better understanding of the role of clergy as activists.



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