11. Naturalizing the Transnational Capitalist Class: Reza Aslan’s Believer and the Ideological Reproduction of an Emerging Social Formation

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Craig Prentiss [+-]
Rockhurst University
Craig Prentiss is a professor of Religious Studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II (NYU Press 2014) and Debating God’s Economy: Social Justice in America on the Eve of Vatican II (Penn State University Press 2008).

Description

This essay situates Believer as an ideological artefact of a social formation emerging from globalized capitalism. It draws on the theoretical considerations of Louis Althusser formulated in his famous essay “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” and argues that Believer promotes and naturalizes an individual, deregulated spiritual religion that fits the demands of a transnational capitalist class. More specifically, the essay shows how Believer celebrates the notion that religion is the outcome of renegade individualists who can freely choose their religious paths outside of the hand of social constraints. The outcome is the marketing of a kind of “good” religion that does the work of naturalizing the conditions that have made such a transnational class possible.

Notify A Colleague

Citation

Prentiss, Craig. 11. Naturalizing the Transnational Capitalist Class: Reza Aslan’s Believer and the Ideological Reproduction of an Emerging Social Formation. Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781797273. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35425. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35425. Jul 2020

Dublin Core Metadata