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Spirit and the Obligation of Social FleshA Secular Theology for the Global City$
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Sharon V. Betcher

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253906

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253906.001.0001

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(p.26) One Crip/tography
Spirit and the Obligation of Social Flesh

Sharon V. Betcher

Fordham University Press

Chapter 1 elaborates the concept of crip/tography, mapping the lines of force, psychosocial and economic, that reproduce the aestheticization of fear in the global city within the regime of late capitalism and under the rubric of enforcing “civility.” Proposing to renegotiate the values of urban civility, this chapter begins the task of envisioning ways in which a reconstructed concept of Spirit, within the Christian tradition of eucharist and beyond it, can lead to practices that may serve as a counterforce to alienation and the precaritization of decisively corporeally marked bodies.

Keywords:   Fear, Aesthetics, Eucharist, Civility, Spivak

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