"Decently and order": Scotland and Protestant pastoral power

Mutch, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-8054-6649, 2017. "Decently and order": Scotland and Protestant pastoral power. Critical Research on Religion, 5 (1), pp. 79-93. ISSN 2050-3032

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Foucault's conceptualization of "pastoral power" is important in the development and application of the notion of "governmentality", or the regulation of mass populations. However, Foucault's exploration of pastoral power, especially in the form of confessional practice, owes a good deal to his Roman Catholic heritage. Hints in his work, which were never developed, suggest some aspects
of Protestant forms of pastoral power. These hints are taken up to explore one Protestant tradition, that of Scottish Presbyterianism, in detail. Based on the history of the church in the eighteenth century, four aspects of Protestant pastoral power are outlined: examination, accountability, ecclesiology, and organizing as a good in its own right.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Critical Research on Religion
Creators: Mutch, A.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 1 April 2017
Volume: 5
Number: 1
ISSN: 2050-3032
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 11 Nov 2016 14:16
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2017 11:18
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29075

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