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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Annandale, Naomi Hope
Author's Email Address naomi.h.annandale@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03192015-124442
Title Attending to Care: A Pastoral Theological Response to Families Facing Disabilities
Degree PhD
Department Religion
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barbara McClure Committee Member
Bonnnie J. Miller-McLemore Committee Member
Erik Carter Committee Member
Keith Meador Committee Member
  • religious practices
  • care ethics
  • care theory
  • pastoral care
  • disability history
  • care
  • pastoral theology
  • disabilities
Date of Defense 2015-03-05
Availability unrestricted
Pastoral theological response to families facing disabilities must be shaped by a critically-understood concept of care that both clarifies disability experiences in families, church, and society, and is attentive to potential pitfalls in caring practices. This dissertation draws on mixed-methods research (qualitative, quantitative, and textual) to develop a realistic picture of families living with persons with disabilities, considering how family members experience and practice care at home, in the church, and in society. It develops a richer understanding of the often unspoken and even unconscious social and theological norms that guide everyday life with disabilities. It asks how church and society, through more critical attention to understandings and practices of care, might better help families to flourish. And finally, it seeks to contribute to deeper understanding about human beings as creatures of care and pastoral theology as a practice of care. Thus, the project has a three-fold agenda: attention to disability practices that encourage flourishing; attention to human experiences of care as a Christian practice; and attention to the discipline of pastoral theology as itself a practice of care.
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