The concept of periphery in Pope Francis' discourse : a religious alternative to globalization ?
Title: The concept of periphery in Pope Francis' discourse : a religious alternative to globalization ?
Author: FERRARA, Pasquale
Publisher: MDPI - Open Access Publishing
Citation: Religions, 2015, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 42–57
External link: http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/6/1/42
Since the beginning of his mandate, Pope Francis has used the concept of periphery as a metaphor of social marginality. However, the notion of periphery also seems to target the asymmetries generated by the liberal version of globalization. Pope Francis’ narrative has to be read in the broader context of the relation between religions and globalization. That interaction is usually conceptualized in terms of religions capitalizing on global “vectors”, such as new information and communication technologies, processes of political and institutional integration, shared cultural patterns, transnational phenomena and organizations. An alternative way to analyze the role of religions consists in considering them as agencies defending the perspective of a universal community, putting into question the national political boundaries and contesting the existing global order. Understood in those terms, the concept of periphery reveals to be a powerful rhetoric device, insofar as it suggests that it is possible to get a wider perspective of the current state of the world looking form the edge rather than from the center.
Published on 16 January 2015.
Type of Access: openAccess