Interrogating Social Theory
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Social theory provides urban theology with a vital, but neglected, dialogue partner. In the previous two chapters I have shown how a critical use of social theory and cultural studies can critique and enrich urban theologies, enabling them to engage as authentic contextual theologies with the new urban world of the twenty-first century. However, such a dialogue must avoid any temptation to uncritically adopt the language, concepts and conclusions of social theory. If urban theologians are to engage in a creative dialogue with the insights and analytical grasp of social theory it is important to do so in a critical manner. I have engaged in dialogue with Saskia Sassen, Manuel Castells, Leonie Sandercock, Paul Gilroy, Anthony Giddens and Edward Soja: key voices that illuminate the urban landscape in a globalized century. Before turning in the next chapter to expressions of resistance to new forms of urban marginalization I want to highlight some of the critical questions that urban theologians engaging in this interdisciplinary dialogue need to bear in mind.