Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age

  • Bruce Rogers-Vaughn

Part of the New Approaches to Religion and Power book series (NARP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn
    Pages 167-207
  3. Bruce Rogers-Vaughn
    Pages 209-241
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 243-256

About this book


This volume offers a detailed analysis of how the current phase of capitalism is eating away at social, interpersonal, and psychological health. Drawing upon an interdisciplinary body of research, Bruce Rogers-Vaughn describes an emerging form of human distress—what he calls ‘third order suffering’—that is rapidly becoming normative. Moreover, this new paradigm of affliction is increasingly entangled with already-existing genres of misery, such as sexism, racism, and class struggle, mutating their appearances and mystifying their intersections. Along the way, Rogers-Vaughn presents stimulating reflections on how widespread views regarding secularization and postmodernity may divert attention from contemporary capitalism as the material origin of these developments. Finally, he explores his own clinical practice, which yields clues for addressing the double unconsciousness of third order suffering and outlining a vision for caring for souls in these troubling times.  


neoliberalism capitalism psychoanalysis economic inequality secularization postmodernity new materialism Soul Suffering theology

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce Rogers-Vaughn
    • 1
  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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