Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion

Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion
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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion
  • Jeremy Carrette
  • English
  • 11 April 2017
  • 9780415302098

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10 thoughts on “Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion

  1. says:

    The grumpy response to what the authors see as a problematic rainbows unicorns marketplace driven, individualist spirituality Strengths Identifies actual things happening in consumer driven capitalist culture how would one step out of Western consumer culture and makes a convincing case for how the psychologization of society contributes to this Weaknesses Doesn t focus on everyday people doing spirituality agency of individuals , does focus a lot on the man behind the curtain Uses the word mind control a lot.

  2. says:

    By commodifying spirituality, neoliberalism is cutting out the religious middleman when it comes to purveying the opium of the people So the argument goes here The authors trace a clear trajectory from the initial privatization psychologization of religion in modernity to the appropriation of spirituality as a form of covert social control to produce flexible and compliant consumer subjects In effect, the territorial takeover of religion by psychology individualisation is the platform for the takeover of spirituality by capitalism corporatisation 79 Given that the subject is spirituality in general, the authors spend a lot of time on the recent import of eastern spiritualities, conveniently secularized and individualized for an affluent Western market Which was interesting, but I personally and obviously wanted exploration of how Christianity has been been colonized and appropriated, and indeed, how it has aided and abetted its own appropriation.I also liked the conclusion where the authors propose that what we need at this moment are new atheisms that reject the God of money 179 , for in a context where the Market has become the new God of our times, the emergence of socially oriented forms of spirituality , critically engaging with the wisdom of the world s religious traditions, may yet have a key role to play in providing the means for resisting unrestrained consumerism and the commodification of life itself 176 177.

  3. says:

    Carrette is a Foucault scholar so it isn t surprising that the text is pretty dense Still an interesting read The main thesis is that as, through the development of psychology as a science and the popularization of bits of Eastern wisdom traditions in the West, self self worth self fulfillment self esteem self etc.etc have become the major underpinning of spirituality In the process earlier religious thoughts about social justice, relationships to others, the roots of poverty, connection to and responsibility for a larger community have been pushed into the background This new selfish spirituality has in the last couple of decades been recognized as a potential cash cow by the neo liberals, the ultimate me first and the common good be damned gurus, who have been colonizing spirituality to line their own pockets I was happy to see some of my unfavorite spiritual capitalist like Deepak Chopra singled out for particular mention Interlibrary loan from Royal Roads College.

  4. says:

    A useful book for those with a nagging doubt as to the validity of current trends for all things spiritual Anyone with already a sceptical outlook on this matter and of consumerist society in general will find nothing really surprising here The main problem I had with this book is the authors constant hammering on of their point sometimes several times per page.The view that psychology psychotherapy is in service of global industry to provide models for ideal passive consumers is an appealing novelty No real solutions were put forward in their plea to take back the spiritual high ground from the capitalist economy though Any militant mystics out there

  5. says:

    A great book Shows how the focus shifting to spirituality helps empower movements on the political right See at Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.

  6. says:

    Really helpful overview of the commodification of spiritual ideas.

  7. says:

    A Protestant style staunch response to people doing wtf they want The whole premise of the book is based on the commodification of religion and spirituality For me it fails to consider that money has always been involved in religion.

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