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HIV/AIDS, narrative practical theology, and postfoundationalism: The emergence of a new story

Julian Müller
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 1/2 | a516 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i1/2.516 | © 2004 Julian Müller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 October 2004 | Published: 20 October 2004

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Julian Müller, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The practical theology that emerges from this article is one that develops out of a very specific context – in this case, HIV/AIDS. The philosophical framework is found in an integration of two paradigms, namely social-constructionism and postfoundation-alism. The article concludes with a research case study from the HIV/AIDS context. Practical theological research is not only about description and interpretation of experiences, but it is also about deconstruction and emancipation. The bold move should be made to allow all the different stories of the research to develop into a new story of understanding that transcends the local community. According to the narrative approach, this will not happen on the basis of structured and rigid methods, through which stories are analysed and interpreted. It rather happens on the basis of a holistic understanding and as a social-constructionist process to which all the co-researchers are invited and in which they are engaged in the creation of new meaning.

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