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Religion and Governmentality

  • Kiran Vinod Bhatia
  • Manisha Pathak-Shelat
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Abstract

In this chapter, we elaborate how religion operates as a social institution of governance and discipline in the society. We introduce our readers to the theory of governmentality by unpacking some key concepts such as the dominant rationality, macro- and micro-level of governance, regimes of knowledge and power, politics of truth, and others and elucidate these with empirical examples. The aim is to explain how the ideology of religious discrimination is circulated, reinforced, and reified by both the macro-systems of governance and everyday lived realities of individuals in societies.

Keywords

Governmentality Dominant rationality Macro–micro-politics Technologies of self Regimes of knowledge/power 

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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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