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Theopolitics of Space: A Post-Structural Exploration on Social Sin in the Context of Global Migration and Diaspora

This interdisciplinary investigation in theological ethics aims to discuss and explore the concept of social/structural sin using post-structuralist philosophy in the context of global migration based on the Filipino migrant experience through the concept of space to understand its dynamics. The dissertation eeks to accomplish its five-fold goal in the following chapters. The first chapter provides a historical-critical and social-scientific discussion of Filipino migration by presenting the statistical figures, government policies, practical/moral tensions, and the popular narratives of labor migration as experienced by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). In the second chapter, the research presents a philosophical and historical discussion of 'space', which is used as an analytical concept to understand the dynamics of global migration. After presenting the historical-conceptual development of space, the study discusses the epistemological background of Antonio Negri, who was primarily influenced by the Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. in the third chapter. Following these philosophical presentations, the fourth chapter discusses the theological concept of social/structural sin and the pastoral response of the Catholic Church on global migration. In the last chapter, a theological exploration of the concept of social/structural sin in the context of global migration will be done by using Antonio Negri's ideas. This research endeavor thus hopes to re-appropriate and elucidate the meaning of social/structural sin through a new philosophical framework and social context.



Date:1 Oct 2013  →  1 Oct 2017
Disciplines:Other philosophy, ethics and religious studies not elsewhere classified, Theory and methodology of philosophy, Philosophy, Ethics, Theology and religious studies
Project type:PhD project