Mar 27, 2009

Joerg Rieger on Multiculturalism and Postmodernity

"Postmodernity, to name only one example, is presenting us with new challenges. The pluralism and multiculturalism of a postmodern culture, for instance, while indeed creating some space for those who are different, paradoxically also tends to further render invisible those on the margins. The pluralist/multiculturalist assumption that society is made up of different groups which each have the liberty to pursue their own interests covers up the kinds of parasitic relationships whereby some groups exist at the expense of others. Likewise, contemporary efforts to support the less fortunate often end up using them for their own purposes and ultimately exploiting them. Even though powerful organizations like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank now claim their own options for the poor, power hardly shifts to the poor; and control remains rooted firmly in the hands of the traditional leadership group."

Joerg Rieger. "Protestantism" in
De La Torre, Miguel A. The Hope of Liberation in World Religions. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2008. p. 44


mike fox said...

brother, forgive the vernacular here, but let me say dang! that's a tight soundbite!

i've never heard of that person. can you give a sentence or two?

keep up the good work

Rod said...

Joerg Rieger is a theologian who works for SMU Perkins. He specializes in postcolonial and liberation theologies; he hails from Germany, and was born in a village close to where relics of a gate from the Roman Empire can still be found. I enjoyed meeting him in person.