Analytics of Governmentality and Formation of the Religious Subject

  • Kiran Vinod Bhatia
  • Manisha Pathak-Shelat


In this chapter, we present insightful conversations with and among school students and residents of the villages to explicate the ways in which macro-forces of power permeate and influence the everyday realities of adolescents in these villages. We argue that macro-politics percolate into the lived experiences of individuals through both discursive and non-discursive channels that are sustained by routinized practices of everyday rituals such as education, punishment, communication, participation, worship, and showing allegiance. We explain how the dominant rationality of religious politics shapes the political reality of the subjects with the help of regulatory techniques and moral arguments.


Macro-politics Micro-politics Technologies of self Religious subject Schools Communities Institutions of governance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kiran Vinod Bhatia
    • 1
  • Manisha Pathak-Shelat
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Journalism and Mass CommunicationUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUnited States
  2. 2.MICAAhmedabadIndia

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