Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age by Bruce Rogers-Vaughn

By Bruce Rogers-Vaughn

This quantity deals an in depth research of the way the present part of capitalism is consuming away at social, interpersonal, and mental well-being. Drawing upon an interdisciplinary physique of study, Bruce Rogers-Vaughn describes an rising type of human distress—what he calls ‘third order suffering’—that is swiftly changing into normative. in addition, this new paradigm of illness is more and more entangled with already-existing genres of distress, similar to sexism, racism, and sophistication fight, mutating their appearances and mystifying their intersections. alongside the way in which, Rogers-Vaughn provides stimulating reflections on how frequent perspectives concerning secularization and postmodernity could divert cognizance from modern capitalism because the fabric beginning of those advancements. ultimately, he explores his personal scientific perform, which yields clues for addressing the double unconsciousness of 3rd order soreness and outlining a imaginative and prescient for taking care of souls in those troubling instances.

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I am not suggesting, of course, that we should focus on capitalism to the exclusion of the other important work we have been doing. The specific concerns that have occupied us remain critical, are constantly evolving, and demand our ongoing efforts. What I am proposing is that it is a mistake to ignore how the dominant paradigm, neoliberal capitalism, is grounding, sustaining, or transforming whatever INTRODUCTION: PREFACE TO A POST-CAPITALIST PASTORAL THEOLOGY 27 discrete form of suffering we are exploring and attempting to alleviate.

Following the observations of Dufour (2003/2008), I will propose that neoliberalism introduces a new type of normative suffering corresponding to characteristics unique to its cultural manifestations: deinstitutionalization, desymbolization, and desubjectivation (what I call “the three D’s”). ” Third-order suffering inevitably becomes entangled with the already existing first- and second-order forms of suffering to such an extent that these new versions constitute unprecedented developments. Focusing on the subsequent alteration of second-order suffering, in the fifth chapter I suggest that the contemporary transformations of sexism, racism, and class struggle provide exemplary cases.

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