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A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience

Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity

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Hemchand Gossai and Jung Eun Sophia Park

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.

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editor’s preface More than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being expanded beyond that which is immediately imagined; important new methodological, theo- logical, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an excit- ing time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened. This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, scholarship of a high order that will make a significant contribution to the ongoing bibli- cal discourse. This series includes established and innovative directions, cover- ing general and particular areas in biblical study. For every volume considered for this series, we explore the question as to whether the study will push the horizons of biblical scholarship. The answer must be yes for inclusion. In this volume, Sophia Park explores the intersection of dislocation and spirituality with particular focus on Asian women. Employing postcolonial studies, dislocation is conceptualized theoretically exploring with an eye to both the merits and the challenges. The author argues that dislocation not only implies being in a state of physical liminality, but emotional and social liminality as well. The study is multi layered as the author uses ethnography, situating herself between two cultures and a religious heritage (Christianity). park_book.indd 7 10/4/11 3:33:09 PM viii a hermeneutic on dislocation as experience Her interpretation of scripture is generated by a socio-rhetorical method, together weaving a unique fabric that reflects the hyphenated nature of the dislocated person. Methodological...

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