Pastoral Power and Governmentality: From Therapy to Self Help

Mutch, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8054-6649, 2015. Pastoral Power and Governmentality: From Therapy to Self Help. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. ISSN 0021-8308

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An examination of the practice of self-examination in Scottish Presbyterianism shows the value of following the later Foucault in the examination of religion as a social practice. His attention to the influence of pastoral power on governmentality is shown to have been embedded in a Roman Catholic heritage leading to a stress on the confessional. By contrast, an examination of one aspect of Protestant pastoral power indicates the genealogy of practices of self-help. An historical examination of both the structure of the Scottish church and the diaries of believers indicates the emphasis placed in this tradition on accountability. This focus then influenced developments in the United States; attention to this tradition opens up questions for contemporary practices.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Creators: Mutch, A.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: 2015
ISSN: 0021-8308
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Jan 2016 12:14
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58

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