The Travails and Tragedies of a Market Civilization: A Psychology of Faith Perspective

The Travails and Tragedies of a Market Civilization: A Psychology of Faith Perspective In this article, I consider how the emergence of a market society, dominated by a neoliberal capitalist ethos, fosters a market faith and entrepreneurial subjects. More particularly, I argue that market faith is contractual and accompanies a calculative, reifying rationality that contrasts with social-communal faith that is ideally unconditional, covenantal, and personalizing. Since faith is inextricably linked to subjectivity, I contend and describe two subjectivities associated with a market society’s disciplinary regimes and faith. The first subject of a market society is a neoliberal subject with sociopathic tendencies. The second subject that a market society fosters is a depleted subject—a depleted homo oeconomicus—forced to live beyond his/her psychological means. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pastoral Psychology Springer Journals

The Travails and Tragedies of a Market Civilization: A Psychology of Faith Perspective

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Religious Studies, general; Cross Cultural Psychology; Sociology, general
ISSN
0031-2789
eISSN
1573-6679
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11089-017-0761-5
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Abstract

In this article, I consider how the emergence of a market society, dominated by a neoliberal capitalist ethos, fosters a market faith and entrepreneurial subjects. More particularly, I argue that market faith is contractual and accompanies a calculative, reifying rationality that contrasts with social-communal faith that is ideally unconditional, covenantal, and personalizing. Since faith is inextricably linked to subjectivity, I contend and describe two subjectivities associated with a market society’s disciplinary regimes and faith. The first subject of a market society is a neoliberal subject with sociopathic tendencies. The second subject that a market society fosters is a depleted subject—a depleted homo oeconomicus—forced to live beyond his/her psychological means.

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Pastoral PsychologySpringer Journals

Published: Feb 13, 2017

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