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The Gothic Therapeutic

Sean McCloud

in American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190205355
eISBN:
9780190205386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205355.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses how Third Wave deliverance manuals register modern therapeutic discourse with a Gothic twist, and complicate neoliberal/late-capitalist notions of individual agency by focusing ... More


Possessed Possessions, Defiled Land, and the Horrors of History

Sean McCloud

in American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190205355
eISBN:
9780190205386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205355.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines Third Wave concerns with demon-possessed consumer objects and places. First, spiritual warfare manuals contain a plethora of demon-inhabited objects, “possessed possessions” ... More


Haunting Desires: Agency in an era of Possessions

Sean McCloud

in American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190205355
eISBN:
9780190205386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205355.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter begins by examining—through case studies of sexual desires and human and divine intercession—spiritual warfare conceptions of free will, autonomy, control, and agency. Third Wave ... More


American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States

Sean McCloud

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190205355
eISBN:
9780190205386
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205355.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book examines contemporary American religious culture through the themes of a “consuming convert’s republic,” “the haunted present,” and “the therapeutic.” The work argues that US religious ... More


Conclusion

Sean McCloud

in American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780190205355
eISBN:
9780190205386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205355.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The conclusion points out that, in Third Wave manuals, economic recessions, school shootings, individuals’ problems with poverty and addictions, Haiti’s social and environmental problems, and Japan’s ... More


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