Desire for Discipline

Robert Wuthnow

in After Heaven

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780520213968
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924444 | DOI:
Desire for Discipline

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This chapter takes a look at efforts to promote spiritual discipline. It identifies the meanings that are associated with spiritual discipline starting from the 1980s. The chapter first discusses the techniques of personal management, and reveals that during the 1950s, social critics believed that Americans were becoming undisciplined. Personal discipline became the key to curb the excesses of the 1960s and it became embedded in asymmetric relationships. This chapter also takes a look at the conservative moral agenda advanced by religious leaders and the changes that occurred in people's understanding of discipline.

Keywords: spiritual discipline; personal management; personal discipline; asymmetric relationships; conservative moral agenda; understanding of discipline

Chapter.  12958 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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