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Prof. j Cochrane

Emer. Prof. James R. (Jim) Cochrane

Religion and Society, Religion in Public Health, Globalization and Social Ethics

Emeritus Professor Jim Cochrane (BSc, MDiv, PhD) is Co-Director of the International & African Religious Health Assets Programme (IRHAP/ARHAP) UCT Hub, with Professor Lucy Gilson of the School of Public Health and Family Medicine (SPHFM), where IRHAP is now located (with Jill Olivier, a PhD graduate of our department, as Research Director).  He currently also holds a non-remunerated appointment as Senior Research Associate in the SPHFM. His research and writing focuses primarily on religion in public life, especially public health, but also globalization,  public theology, and social ethics. In 2006, he was awarded the DDiv honoris causa from the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Prof Cochrane is the spouse of Renate, a German pastor and HIV and AIDS worker, and father of Thembisa (film and media), Thandeka  (politics and philosophy) and Teboho (philosophy, English, history and drama).

 

Selected Publications

Publications 2012

 

Gary G. Gunderson and James R. Cochrane, Religion and the Health of the Public: Shifting the Paradigm, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.

ISBN 10: 0230341527

 

James R Cochrane, 2012, Religion, Health and the Economy, in Elias K. Bongmba (ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 430-442. [ISBN 978-1-4051-9690-1]

 

James R. Cochrane, 2012, "Instruments or Inhibitors of Civil Society? The Role of Christians in South African State Formation", in Samuel K. Elolia (ed.), Religion, Conflict and Democracy in Modern Africa: The Role of Civil Society in Political Engagement, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (Wipf and Stock), 232-253. [ISBN 978-1-60899-856-2]

 

James R Cochrane, Isabel Phiri, Elias Bongmba & Des van der Water (eds), 2012 . Living on the Edge: Essays in Honour of Steve de Gruchy, Activist Theologian, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.

 

James R Cochrane and Christine Lienemann (eds), 2012. The Church and the Public Sphere in Societies in Transition, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.

 

James R. Cochrane, ‘The Incommensurability of Development and Justice,’ in James R Cochrane, Isabel Phiri, Elias Bongmba & Des van der Water (eds), 2012. Living on the Edge: Essays in Honour of Steve de Gruchy, Activist Theologian, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.

 

Katrin Kusmierz & James R. Cochrane, 2012.  “Public Church and Public Theology in
South Africa’s political transformation,” in James R Cochrane and Christine Lienemann (eds), 2012. The Church and the Public Sphere in Societies in Transition, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

 

Olivier, Jill, James R. Cochrane, & Steve De Gruchy, 2011. Mapping religious health assets and initiatives: Lessons from Lesotho and Zambia. In Jill Olivier & Quentin Wodon (eds) Strengthening faith-inspired health care and community in Africa. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

 

Olivier, Jill, Schmid, Barbara, Thomas, E., and James R. Cochrane, 2011. Landscaping faith-based health services in sub-Saharan Africa. In Jill Olivier & Quentin Wodon (eds) Strengthening faith-inspired health care and community in Africa. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

 

James R Cochrane and Gary Gunderson, 2012. The Barefoot Guide to Mobilizing Religious Health Assets for Transformation, Cape Town: CDRA and the Barefoot Collective.

 

James R Cochrane, 2011, “Trustworthy Intermediaries: Role of Religious Agents on the Boundaries of Public Health.” In J. R. Cochrane, B. Schmid, and T. Cutts (eds), When Religion and Health Align: Mobilizing Religious Health Assets For Transformation, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 150-163. [ISBN 978-1-875053-91-9]

 

De Gruchy, Steve, James R. Cochrane, Sinatra Matimelo, and Jill Olivier. 2011. "Participatory inquiry on the interface between religion and health: what does it achieve, and what not?" In J. R. Cochrane, B. Schmid, and T. Cutts (eds), When Religion and Health Align: Mobilizing Religious Health Assets For Transformation, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 43-61. [ISBN 978-1-875053-91-9]

 

James R Cochrane, Barbara Schmid & Teresa Cutts, 2011, “Preface: The Hope of Alignment.” In J. R. Cochrane, B. Schmid, and T. Cutts (eds), When Religion and Health Align: Mobilizing Religious Health Assets for Transformation, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, xvi-xxviii. [ISBN 978-1-875053-91-9]

 

James R Cochrane, 2011, A Model of Integral Development: Assessing and Working with Religious Health Assets. In Gerrri ter Haar (ed.), Religion and Development: Ways of Transforming the World, Foreword by James D. Wolfensohn, London: C. Hurst & Co.; New York: Columbia University Press, 231-252.

 

James R. Cochrane. 2011. The Language that Difference Makes: Translating Religion and Health. Practical Matters, Emory University, Spring, 4: 1-16. [ISSN 2155-2355]

 

James R Cochrane, 2011. Against the Grain: Responsible Public Theology in a Global era. International Journal of Public Theology, 5 , 44-62.

 

Other publications:

On religion and public health

“The Language that Difference Makes: Translating Religion and Health,” Public Matters, Emory University, Spring, 2011, 4: 1-16.

[With Barbara Schmid & Teresa Cutts (eds)] When Religion and Health Align: Mobilizing Religious Health Assets for Transformation, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2011.

“Trustworthy Intermediaries: Role of Religious Agents on the Boundaries of Public Health,” in J. R. Cochrane, B. Schmid, and T. Cutts (eds), When Religion and Health Align: Mobilizing Religious Health Assets For Transformation, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2011, 150-163.

[With Steve De Gruchy, Sinatra Matimelo, and Jill Olivier] "Participatory Inquiry on the Interface Between Religion and Health: What Does it Achieve, and What Not?" In J. R. Cochrane, B. Schmid, and T. Cutts (eds), When Religion and Health Align: Mobilizing Religious Health Assets For Transformation, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2011, 43-61.

“A Model of Integral Development: Assessing and Working with Religious Health Assets,” in Gerrrie ter Haar (ed.), Religion and Development: Ways of Transforming the World, London: C. Hurst & Co.; New York: Columbia University Press, 2011, 231-252.

[With Barbara Schmid and Jill Olivier] “Understanding Religious Health Assets: Health as a Lens on Religion and Development,” in I. Swart, H. Rocher, S. Green & J. Erasmus (eds), Religion and Social Development in Post-apartheid South Africa: Perspectives for Critical Engagement, Stellenbosch: Sun Press, 2010, 137-152.

[With Paul Germond] “Healthworlds: Conceptualizing Landscapes of Health and Healing,” British Journal of Sociology, 2010, 44: 2, 307-328.

“Health and the Uses of Religion: Recovering the Political Proper?” In B Bompani & M Frahm-Aarp (eds), Development and Politics from Below. Exploring Religious Spaces in the African State, London: Palgrave -MacMillan, 2010, 175-196.

“The Potential of Religious Entities for Strengthening Public Health Systems in Crisis,” The Maghreb Review, 2009, 34, 1: 41-60.

“Sacred Crossings: Movement, Migration and the Fate of the Religious Body,” in N. Richardson (ed.), Broken Bodies and Healing Communities: The Challenge of HIV and AIDS in the South African Context, Pietermaritzburg: Cluster Publications, 2009, 72-85.

"’Fire from Above, Fire from Below’: Health, Justice and the Persistence of the Sacred," Theoria, August 2008, 116: 67-96.

[With Schmid Barbara, Liz Thomas, and Jill Olivier] The Contribution of Faith Based Organisations and Networks to Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Study commissioned by B & M Gates Foundation (Cape Town, African Religious Health Assets Programme), 2008 [available at: www.arhap.uct.ac.za]

“Violence, Religion and the Use and Abuse of Healthworlds,” African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention, 2007, 5: 2, 5-16.

“Seeing Healthworlds Differently,” Religion and Theology, 2007, 14:1/2, 6-27.

“Of Bodies, Barriers, Boundaries and Bridges: Ecclesial Practice in the Face of HIV and AIDS,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 2006, 126, 7-26.

“Conceptualising Religious Health Assets Redemptively,” Religion and Theology, 2006, 13(1): 107-120.

Let Us Embrace: The Role and Significance of an Integrated Faith-Based Initiative for HIV/AIDS, Masangane Case Study Research Report, with Liz Thomas, Barbara Schmid, Malibongwe Gwele, Rosemond Ngubo and others, 120pp plus appendices. [available at: www.arhap.uct.ac.za]

”Religion in the Health of Migrant Communities: Cultural Assets or Medical Deficits?” Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies, May 2005, 32, 21pp.

”Religion, Public Health and a Church for the 21 st Century,” International Review of Mission , Geneva , 13pp.

 On religion and public life

"Instruments or Inhibitors of Civil Society? The Role of Christians in South African State Formation", in Samuel K. Elolia (ed.), Religion, Conflict and Democracy in Modern Africa: The Role of Civil Society in Political Engagement, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications (Wipf and Stock), 2012, 232-253.

“Against the Grain: Responsible Public Theology in a Global era,” International Journal of Public Theology, 2011, 5, 44-62.

“Reflections on the Public Face of Theology,” in Pillay, M., Nadar, S. and Le Bruyns, C., Ragbag Theologies: Essays in Honour of Denise Ackermann, A Feminist theologian of Praxis. Stellenbosch: SUN PReSS, 2009, 183-192.

“Reframing the Political Economy of the Sacred: Readings of Post-Apartheid Christianity,” in Falling Walls: The year 1989/1990 as a Turning Point in the History of World Christianity (Einstürzende Mauern. Das Jahr 1989/90 als Epochenjahr in der Geschichte des Weltchristentums), Klaus Koschorke (Ed.), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009, 95-116.

”’Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t’: Rereading the Public Theology of the Christian Institute for the Contemporary Practitioner,” in Christian in Public: Aims, Methodologies and Issues in Public Theology, Len Hansen (ed.), Beyers Naudé Centre Series on Public Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch: SUN Press, 2007, 165-176.

(With Katrin Kusmierz) „Öffentliche Kirche und öffentliche Theologie in Südafrikas politischer Transformation,“ in Christine Lienemann-Perrin & Wolfgang Lienemann (Hg), Kirche und Öffentlichkeit in Transformations­gesellschaften, Stuttgart: Verlag W. Kohlhammer, 2006, 195-226.

“To Dream the Impossible Dream: On the Contemporary Calling of the Beloved Community in Africa,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 2007, 129, 23-34.

“The Fragility of Truth: Tolerance, Discourse Ethics & the Formation of a Democratic Citizenry,” in Douglas McGaughey  & Cornelia Crocker (eds), From Biblical Interpretation to Human Transformation: Reopening the Past to Actualize New Possibilities for the Future, Salem, Oregon: Chora-Strangers, 2006, 198-217.

“The Epistemic Violence of Racism: A Structural Basis of Violations of Self and Other,” trans. as “Het verborgen geweld van racisme: Verhulde uitingen van het blank zihn,” in Slavernij en Racisme: Waar waren en waar zijn de kerken?, special edition, Wereld en Sending, The Netherlands, 2002.4, 41-50.

“Modelling a New Economy: Is a Paradigm Shift Possible?” Review article, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, vol. 112, March 2002: 89-97.

“On Religion and Theology in a Civil Society”. In Theology in Dialogue: The Impact of the Arts, Humanities, & Science on Contemporary Religious Thought , R. Wüstenberg & L. Holness (eds), Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002, 116-132.

Sameness and Difference: Problems and Potentials in South African Civil Society. Eds J R Cochrane & Bastienne Klein. Washington D.C. : Center for Philosophy and Values, 2000.

“Religion and Civil Society: Readings from the South African Case”. In Sameness and Difference: Problems and Potentials in South African Civil Society. Eds J R Cochrane & Bastienne Klein. Washington D.C. : Center for Philosophy and Values, 2000, pp. 15-53.

“Corruption and the Role of Religion in Public Life”. In In Stan Sangweni & Daryl Balia (eds), Fighting Corruption: South African Perspectives . Pretoria : UNISA, 1999, pp. 41-57.

[With John de Gruchy & Steve Martin (eds)] Facing the Truth: South African Faith Communities and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Cape Town: David Philip, and Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999.

 On religion and globalization

“On Identity and Faith in the Global Political Economy,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 2009, 134: 14-31.

“Confronting or Accommodating Globalization?” In African Christian Theologies in Transformation , Ernst M Conradie (ed.) ,Stellenbosch: Institute for Theological and Interdisciplinary Research, 2004, 119-135.

“Which Citizen, Whose City? Response to Ward's “Christian Political Practice and the Global City,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, Vol. 123, Nov 2005, 42-47.

“Globalization, ‘African Renaissance' and Contested Identities”. In Cultural Identity and Globalization: The Dialogue between Civilization,: East-West, Part II. Vth International Philosophical Symposium, 2001, Ed. Y. Pochta, N. Kirabaev, Moscow : Editing House of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia , 2002, 41-64.

 Other

From Dark Days to Liberation: Perspectives on the Social History of Christianity, 1936-1994, edited by J. R. Cochrane & B. Klein, Special Edition, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, March 2004. 160pp.

“Agapé: The Cape Office of the Christian Institute”. In J. R. Cochrane & B. Klein (eds), From Dark Days to Liberation: Perspectives on the Social History of Christianity, 1936-1994, Special Edition, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, March 2004, 53-68.

“Research Challenges on Religion in South Africa .” In Religion, Politics, and Identity in a Changing South Africa, David Chidester, Abdulkadar Tayob & Wolfram Weisse (eds), Münster: Waxmann, 2004, 225-239.

“Seeking Eco-justice in the South African Context.” With E Conradie, D Field W. Sigabi, V. Molobi & C Majiza, in L. Rasmussen & D. Hessel (eds), Earth Habitat: Eco-Injustice and the Church's Response , Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2001, 135-159.

“Questioning Contextual Theology.” In M. T. Speckman & L.T. Kaufmann (eds), Towards an Agenda for Contextual Theology: Essays in Honour of Albert Nolan . Pietermaritzburg, RSA: Cluster Publications, 2001, 67-86.

Circles of Dignity: Community Wisdom and Theological Reflection . Minneaopolis: Fortress Press. 1999.

Servants of Power: The Role of English-Speaking Churches in South Africa, 1903-1930, Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1987.

Church and Labour, Johannesburg: Skotaville Press, 1986.