Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age (New Approaches to Religion and Power) (Hardcover)
Palgrave MacMillan, 9781137553386, 256pp.
Publication Date: November 9, 2016
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This will be the first book of pastoral theology to address the transformations within capitalism that began to emerge during the 1970's and 1980's. Specifically, these developments widely recognized under the term 'neoliberalism' constitute a hegemony (or paradigm) that is now global. Previous publications in this field have not acknowledged the hegemonic scope and power of these developments, particularly the manner in which neoliberalism has altered how, why, and to what extent human beings suffer. Given that pastoral theology takes its cue from suffering, the book argues that these developments require a revision of the discipline. Furthermore, it describes precisely how neoliberal capitalism has reshaped human suffering, why a reorientation of the field is therefore necessary, and outlines key elements for such a revision.
About the Author
Bruce Rogers-Vaughn is Associate Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at Vanderbilt Divinity School, USA. He brings 30 years of experience in clinical pastoral psychotherapy to his teaching and research. He is also President and Co-founder of the Pastoral Center for Healing, USA, where he continues his clinical practice.
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