“It Was Easier in Prison!” : Russian Baptist Rehab as a Therapeutic Community, Monastery, Prison, and Ministry

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Mikeshin , I 2020 , “It Was Easier in Prison!” : Russian Baptist Rehab as a Therapeutic Community, Monastery, Prison, and Ministry . in S Sremac & I W Jindra (eds) , Lived Religion, Conversion and Recovery : Negotiating of Self, the Social, and the Sacred . , 3 , Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges , Palgrave Macmillan , pp. 43-66 . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-40682-0_3

Title: “It Was Easier in Prison!” : Russian Baptist Rehab as a Therapeutic Community, Monastery, Prison, and Ministry
Author: Mikeshin, Igor
Editor: Sremac, Srdjan; Jindra, Ines W.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Social and Cultural Anthropology
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Lived Religion, Conversion and Recovery Negotiating of Self, the Social, and the Sacred
Belongs to series: Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges
ISBN: 978-3-030-40681-3
978-3-030-40682-0
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/327107
Abstract: This chapter revisits a Foucauldian concept of “complete and austere institutions,” using the ethnographic study of therapeutic communities, monasteries, prisons, and religious ministries to draw a line between those concepts, specifically addressing a Christian ministry in the Russian Baptist interpretation. My argument is based on an ethnographic account of the Russian Baptist ministry for people suffering from addiction. I unfold the concept of an Evangelical ministry, contrasting it to the Foucauldian austere institutions in order to highlight its nature. I argue that even though a rehabilitation ministry may use methods and techniques of austere institutions, and even resemble them in their implementation, the distinctive feature of a ministry is its focus on the result, rather than the process, interpreted as serving God by serving men.
Subject: 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
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