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Verbum et Ecclesia

On-line version ISSN 2074-7705
Print version ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.31 n.1 Pretoria  2010 



Deconstructing the body: Body theology, embodied pastoral anthropology and body mapping



Jacob MeiringI, II; Julian C. MüllerI

IDepartment Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
IIVrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands





This article is an effort to deconstruct narratives regarding the body. Body theology as developed by James B. Nelson forms the basis for a literature study as well as an exploration of an embodied pastoral anthropology, within the context of a postfoundationalist practical theology and an openness to interdisciplinary dialogue. Qualitative interviews and the body-mapping process were used within the context of narrative research to narrate people's stories regarding their bodies in relation to their spiritual journey as well as to increase an awareness of a holistic, embodied spirituality.

Keywords: James B. Nelson; embodied pastoral anthropology; body mapping; narrative approach; holistic embodied spirituality



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Julian Müller
Department Practical Theology, University of Pretoria
Pretoria 0002
South Africa

Received: 22 Dec. 2009
Accepted: 03 Aug. 2010
Published: 12 Oct. 2010

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