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LaMothe, R.
Pebbles in the Shoe: Acts of Compassion as Subversion in a Market Society
(2019) Pastoral Psychology, 68 (3), pp. 285-301.

DOI: 10.1007/s11089-018-0833-1

This article considers how compassion can be subversive to political-economic orders, whether these orders are found in church or society. Compassion is explained in terms of John Macmurray’s and Alex Honneth’s notion of recognition, the psychoanalytic concept of identification, and Michel Foucault’s views of knowledge and power. To illustrate how compassion can be subversive, the author turns to the realities of a market society—a society dominated by a culture of neoliberalism and neoliberal capitalism—and concludes with two case illustrations. © 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Author Keywords
Capitalism; Compassion; Empathy; Identification; Neoliberalism; Power; Subversion

Index Keywords
article, capitalism, empathy, human, market, religion

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