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Welfare governmentalities: pastoralism and parties’ youth wings in Mexico
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Institute of Latin American Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6060-2351
(English)In: International journal of sociology and social policy, ISSN 0144-333X, E-ISSN 1758-6720, Vol. 38, no 1-2Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Purpose: From a micro-macro perspective, the paper analyzes welfare-related criteria reported by heads of political parties’ youth wings in Mexico, the implicit and explicit religious beliefs that inform some of those criteria and the (Foucauldian) pastoral genealogy of both the criteria and beliefs.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper draws on qualitative data from semi-structured interviews with a group of 32 heads of three political parties’ youth wings in Mexico. The interpretation of the data builds on a previous genealogical analysis of Foucauldian pastoralism in colonial Mexico.

Findings: The respondents’ criteria on 1) a state that should aim at procuring “material-spiritual” and “material-transcendental” types of wellbeing and 2) politics as of “help”, are partly informed by religious values. Such criteria and religious values have been partly constructed out of a pastoralism which was deployed during the Spanish colonial regime and included “temporal” and “spiritual” teleologies of government and the practice of charity as (self-)governmental technique.

Originality/value: The literature on welfare/social policies of Latin American countries like Mexico tends not to problematize issues of secularity other than the religions’ undesirable intrusions in the political field. Governmentality studies also tend to bypass Foucault’s discussion of pastoralism. An empirical study of the pastoral genealogy of contemporary political rationalities in a constitutionally-secular country such as Mexico can prompt further research on the gaps above and comparative analyses of pastoral and welfare governmentalities across Latin American and other world regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sheffield, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Vol. 38, no 1-2
Keyword [en]
charity, governmentality, Mexico, political parties, salvation, welfare governmentalities, wellbeing, pastoralism, youth wings.
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology; History of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143149DiVA: diva2:1095741
Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-05-15 Last updated: 2017-05-15

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