Title: Take care of yourself or disappear! Christian identity as an extra value
Authors: Geerinck, Ilse #
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Publisher: European Society for Catholic Theology
Host Document: Religion and the European project: Theological perspectives
Conference: ET-conference edition:6th location:Leuven date:13-16 September 2007
Abstract: Who are we, we who proclaim ‘identity as a right’ and are continuously concerned with our own identity as an individual or community? This right on identity seems to be so obvious and evidential that we only ask ourselves the question how we can educate people to acquire this identity. Not only we develop several pedagogical and didactical methods and instruments to coach children in their learning process to acquire an identity. Also on the level of Europe we can see that new instruments and technologies come into live with regard to an achievement of identity. In this paper I try to map this actual thinking and speaking (discourse) in terms of identity. Inspired by the studies of governmentality of M. Foucault, I will analyze this notion not as a (new) ideology but from the perspective of a regime of ‘governance of self-government’. The discourse of this ‘will to identity’ appeals us to take up a certain relationship to ourselves, namely to see ourselves as individuals who want to invest in their own life with regard on the participation on a community. And the other way around, that people only can join a community on the basis of a care of investment in the self. ‘Identity as a right’ seems to be a strategy to govern people. From this perspective, we will demonstrate that Christianity can only play a role in Europe if it can offer an extra value, i.e. if it can offer a capital that is worth to invest in. Or, not taking care of the investment of the self, means ‘being dead’ – the disappearing out of the community and the interaction.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Education, Culture and Society
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