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Att erkänna barnet som teologiskt subjekt: Childism, asymmetri och Axel Honneths erkännandeteori
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.
2021 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To Recognize the Child as a Theological Subject : Childism, Asymmetry and Axel Honneth’s Theory on Recognition (English)
Abstract [en]

Questions concerning children's rights and children's place in society have been on the agenda for some decades now. Parallell to this movement questions about children's place in the bible, in the church and in systematic theology have entered the academical conversation. This paper attempts to find a method to investigate whether systematic theology as we know it, has the tools to address these new questions. Axel Honneth's theory on recognition will be important, since the three levels of recognitions he describes are designed to point out the difference between rights and solidarity, between formal recognition and the recognition that sprouts from genuine intrest in shared experience. 

The thougths from Honneth are combined with John Wall's argumentation on seeing the child as a full humna being, as a subject. Risto Saarinen's discussion on asymmetrical relations, adds an important perspective. From these three theories, a method is formulated for putting the child in focus on the theological agenda. The gain is not only the recognition of a neglected group, measured to one third of humankind. The new viewpiont shreds its light upon questions important to all of us. The method is a systematic theological tool both useful for pointing out inconsistencies and to suggest solutions to the very same problems. 

In the final discussion I show how this could be done by adressing the children's place in the postmodern family project, described by Katarina Westerlund, and children as liturgical leaders with the help of Karin Rubensson's thesis. 

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2021. , p. 59
Keywords [en]
child; childism; children’s rights; subject; agent; recognize; asymmetric relations; Axel Honneth; Charles Taylor; John Wall; Risto Saarinen; Child Theology Movement; CTM; Karin Rubensson; Katarina Westerlund; liturgy; family
Keywords [sv]
barn; childism; barns rättigheter; subjekt; agent; erkännande; asymmetriska relationer; Axel Honneth; Charles Taylor; John Wall; Risto Saarinen; Child Theology Movement; CTM; Karin Rubensson; Katarina Westerlund; liturgi; familj
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1476DiVA, id: diva2:1621469
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Systematic Theology
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Master’s Program in Theology, Systematic Theology, One year
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