Agency, Culture, and Human Personhood
Pastoral Thelogy and Intimate Partner Violence
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Jeanne Hoeft is one of the best of a new generation of brilliant pastoral theologians. In Agency, Culture, and Human Personhood she has made an original and much needed contribution to the ministry of the churches in society by focusing on the question of human agency and freedom. Instead of victims and perpetrators, God has created complex human beings with various layers of freedom and responsibility. Every church leader who is serious about understanding human personhood from a Christian perspective must read this book."
--James Newton Poling
Professor of Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Theology
Garrett Evangelical Seminary
"In this tightly woven and complex text, Jean Hoeft has constructed a rich theological anthropology through which she explores the cultural dynamics of both victimhood and resistance in intimate partner violence. Hoeft grounds her proposal in process and liberation theologies, object-relations psychology, and a post-structuralist understanding of embodied agency. She concludes the book with a helpful framework for a pastoral care of resistance. I think this text breaks new ground in understanding the dynamics of intimate violence and the potential for a pastoral care of empowerment, agency, and resistance. I recommend it highly."
--Christie Cozad Neuger
Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care
Brite Divinity School
"I did not expect to feel more hopeful after reading this book-but that was its effect on me. To arguments that show how we become victims or perpetrators of violence through complex cultural processes, Hoeft adds a much-needed constructive dimension: culture constricts our agency, yes, but also enables us to embody the capacity to resist violence.
--Kathleen J. Greider
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Claremont School of Theology