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After HeavenSpirituality in America Since the 1950s$
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Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520213968

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520213968.001.0001

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Desire for Discipline

Desire for Discipline

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(p.85) CHAPTER Four Desire for Discipline
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After Heaven
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Robert Wuthnow

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520213968.003.0004

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

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