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Longing for home : forced displacement and postures of hospitality

Author: M Jan Holton
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2016.
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What is it about the concept of "home" that makes its loss so profound and devastating, and how should the trauma of exile and alienation be approached theologically? M. Jan Holton examines the psychological, social, and theological impact of forced displacement on communities in the Congo and South Sudan and on indigenous Batwa tribespersons in Uganda, as well as on homeless U.S. citizens and on U.S. soldiers  Read more...
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Holton, M. Jan.
Longing for home.
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Jan Holton
ISBN: 9780300220797 0300220790
OCLC Number: 950613561
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; One: Notions of Home; Two: Leaning into God; Three: Crisis and Forced Displacement; Four: Breathing Home; Five: Fleeing Conflict and Disaster; Six: War and Home-No Safe Place; Seven: Chronic Displacement and Persons without Home; Eight: Postures of Hospitality; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y.
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What is it about the concept of "home" that makes its loss so profound and devastating, and how should the trauma of exile and alienation be approached theologically? M. Jan Holton examines the psychological, social, and theological impact of forced displacement on communities in the Congo and South Sudan and on indigenous Batwa tribespersons in Uganda, as well as on homeless U.S. citizens and on U.S. soldiers returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She draws on ethnographic work in Africa, extensive research in practical theology, sociology, and psychology, as well as on professional work and personal experiences in America and abroad. In doing so she explores how forced displacement disrupts one's connection with the home place and the profound characteristics it fosters that can help people lean toward flourishing spiritually and psychologically throughout their lifetime. Displacement invites a social alienation that can become deeply institutionalized, threatening the moral well being of us all. Longing For Home offers a frame for understanding how communities can respond to refugees and various homeless populations by cultivating hospitality outside of their own comfort zones. This essential study addresses an urgent interreligious global concern and Holton's thoughtful and compelling work offers a constructive model for a sustained practical response.

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"Holton directs us toward more responsible discernment of social reality and more active engagement on behalf of the displaced."-Christian Century * Christian Century * "[Holton] makes a significant Read more...

 
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