Först när vi får ansikten: Ett flerkulturellt samtal om feminism, etik och teologi.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


In this thesis in ethics I study and analyze feminist theological texts from 1988–1997 by Katie G. Cannon, Chung Hyun Kyung and Mary C. Grey. A culturally diverse conversation is constructed, in which womanist issues, Asian women’s concerns, and feminist critique of the Western European philosophical and theological traditions are brought into dialogue with a Swedish context. The theories used are drawn also from the works by Donna J. Haraway, Iris M. Young and Seyla Benhabib.

My analysis centers around four concepts: <i>oppression, moral agency, ethical knowledge and vision.</i> In addition to explicating the conceptual understanding of and theories behind these four concepts, my analysis focuses concretely on what oppression is, who the actual moral agents are, and what ethical knowledge and vision are deemed necessary for them to resist their oppression according to the texts of Cannon, Chung and Grey. ”Women’s experiences” and ”epistemological privilege,” two crucial concepts within feminist theory, are also reviewed, discussed, and conceptually developed. The overall feminist discussion in the thesis is directed towards what constitutes a multiculturally open feminism.

However manifested in different forms, Cannon, Chung and Grey agree that oppression is exerted through unequal relationships – personally, societally, internationally, and ecologically. Resisting oppression in various ways gives dignity back to those oppressed and challenges the inequalities of power. The authors also describe how oppression limits the freedom of acting for those subordinated in unequal relationships. Furthermore, differences like sex/gender, race or class can be used in detracting value and withholding of rights. Vision and values, different from those confirming status quo, are crucial to resist oppression. In concluding the thesis I discuss (among others) how the studied concepts reflect historic and cultural differences but also express commonalities across cultural boundaries, as well as how justice can be seen as processes of restoration.


  • Karin Sporre
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Ethics


  • universalism., moral agent, Oppression, subject, ethical knowledge, vision, Katie G. Cannon, Chung Hyun Kyung, Mary C. Grey, justice (restorative), feminist ethics, feminist theology, contexts, epistemological privilege, women’s experience, Theology, Teologi
Translated title of the contributionFirst When We Have Faces: – A Crosscultural Conversation on Feminism, Ethics and Theology
Original languageSwedish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date1999 Oct 16
  • Bokförlaget Atlas
Print ISBNs91-89044-47-9
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 1999-10-16 Time: 10:15 Place: October 16th, 1999, 10.15 am, at Carolinasalen, LUND External reviewer(s) Name: Grenholm, Carl-Henric Title: Professor Affiliation: Uppsala University, UPPSALA, Sweden --- The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Ethics (015017072)