A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience

Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity

by Hemchand Gossai (Author) Jung Eun Sophia Park (Author)
Monographs 137 Pages
Series: Studies in Biblical Literature, Volume 146


Dislocation, which involves moving from a familiar place to an unknown place, is a common experience in this era of globalization yet it can cause a deep sense of alienation – people feel invisible, voiceless, and anonymous. A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience: Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity employs socio-rhetorical criticism from a postcolonial perspective, providing a hermeneutic on the experience of dislocation from the perspective of Asian immigrant women. The author’s focus on Asian immigrant women’s spirituality is interwoven with different texts such as the story of a woman caught in adultery (Jn. 7: 53-8:11), Asian immigrant women’s stories in the novels Dictee and Crossings, and stories of Korean shamans encountered in the author’s ethnographic fieldwork.
This book suggests that people who experience dislocation can create a borderland where their own marginality gains power and voice. In that borderland, they are able to construct a hybrid identity as a result of deep engagement with one another. In particular, the author’s fieldwork on Korean shamans reveals how the shamanic ritual itself functions as a borderland, wherein the marginalized Korean shamans gain hybrid identity. A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience is a valuable resource for classes in Asian studies, ethnography, cultural anthropology, biblical spirituality, women’s spirituality, and interdisciplinary courses.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2011 (December)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. VIII, 137 pp.

Biographical notes

Hemchand Gossai (Author) Jung Eun Sophia Park (Author)

Jung Eun Sophia Park, SNJM, is Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Holy Names University in California. She earned her PhD in Christian spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her research is on Asian women’s spirituality, Korean shamanism, and biblical spirituality from a postcolonial feminist perspective.


Title: A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience