Shape-Shifting Capital: Spiritual Management, Critical Theory, and the Ethnographic Project

Shape Shifting Capital Spiritual Management Critical Theory and the Ethnographic Project Shape Shifting Capital Spiritual Management Critical Theory and the Ethnographic Project is positioned at the intersection of anthropology critical theory and philosophy of religion First Gonz le

  • Title: Shape-Shifting Capital: Spiritual Management, Critical Theory, and the Ethnographic Project
  • Author: George J. Gonzalez
  • ISBN: 9780739180853
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shape Shifting Capital Spiritual Management, Critical Theory, and the Ethnographic Project is positioned at the intersection of anthropology, critical theory, and philosophy of religion First, Gonz lez explores the phenomena of workplace spirituality in a language that is accessible to a general readership Taking contemporary trends in organizational management as a cShape Shifting Capital Spiritual Management, Critical Theory, and the Ethnographic Project is positioned at the intersection of anthropology, critical theory, and philosophy of religion First, Gonz lez explores the phenomena of workplace spirituality in a language that is accessible to a general readership Taking contemporary trends in organizational management as a case study, he argues, by way of a detailed ethnographic study of practitioners of workplace spirituality, that the conceptual and institutional boundaries between religion, science, and capitalism are being redrawn by theologized management appropriations of tropes borrowed from creativity theory and quantum mechanics Second, Gonz lez makes a case for a critical anthropology of religion that combines existential concerns for biography and intentionality with poststructuralist concerns for power, arguing that the ways in which the personalization of metaphor bridges personal and social histories also helps bring about broader epistemic shifts in society Finally, in a postsecular age in which capitalism itself is explicitly and confidently spiritual, Gonz lez suggests that it is imperative to reorient our critical energies towards a present day evaluation of postmodern capitalism s boundary blurring Gonz lez further argues that the kind of existential deconstruction performed by what he calls existential archeology can serve the needs of any social criticism of neoliberal religion and corporate spirituality.

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    1. One possible critique of capitalism or institutional life: It's mechanical, hierarchical, soulless. González (a personal friend) listens closely to capitalism's own self-narration and finds a different story. Neoliberal capitalism understands itself as organic, intuitive, and spirit-filled. Progressive leaders, especially in churches, who have resourced themselves with metaphors from quantum physics and chaos theory are actually drawing on the same wells.That's one facet, perhaps the most cruci [...]

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