Religious Studies

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Professor Jeremy Carrette

Professor of Religion and Culture

Head of School

Office: CGAN08


My research examines interdisciplinary aspects of the study of religion and culture and focuses on questions of epistemology, power and the politics of knowledge. There are three main areas to my current work, covering my interests in religion, philosophy, politics and the history of ideas. First, I am completing two books on William James. Secondly, I am working on a long-term research project, started during my 2007 sabbatical on religion and globalization in relation to international institutions, with particular focus on Quakers and international relations. This has led to the development of an AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society research project, with Professor Hugh Miall (Department of International Relations and Politics, University of Kent) and a team of international researchers, to examine the nature and effectiveness of religious non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the United Nations. Thirdly, my work involves interdisciplinary links with projects in the Humanities at Kent on Cultural Memory and work in our departmental Centre for Religion in Contemporary Society.

I am on the editorial board of Foucault Studies and a member of the advisory board of the Foucault Society. I have also appeared on Radio 4 and BBC television discussing issues related to capitalism and religion, and spirituality and advertising.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Carrette, J. (2013). William James's Hidden Religious Imagination: A Universe of Relations. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at:
Carrette, J. (2007). Religion and Critical Psychology: Religious Experience in the Knowledge Economy. London: Routledge.
Carrette, J. and King, R. (2005). Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion. [Online]. Abingdon: Routledge. Available at:
Carrette, J. (2000). Foucault and Religion: Spiritual Corporality and Spiritual Spirituality. London: Routledge.
Edited book
Carrette, J.R. ed. (2005). William James and the Varieties of Religious Experience: A Centenary Celebration. London: Routledge .
Bernauer, J.W. and Carrette, J.R. eds. (2004). Michel Foucault and Theology: The Politics of Religious Experience. London: Ashgate Publishing Group.
James, W. (2002). The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (Centenary Edition). Carrette, J. R. and Taylor, E. eds. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Carrette, J. (2013). Rupture and Transformation: Foucault’s Concept of Spirituality Reconsidered. Foucault and Religion [Online] 15:52. Available at:
Carrette, J. (2005). Intense Exchange: Sadomasochism, Christianity and the Politics of Late Capitalism. Theology and Sexuality 11:11-30.
Carrette, J. (2004). Religion and Mestrovic's Post-Emotional Society. Religion 34:271-289.
Carrette, J. (2004). Cyborg Politics and Economic Realities: Reflections on Elaine Graham’s Representations of the Post/Human. Theology and Sexuality [Online] 10:45-55. Available at:
Carrette, J. (2003). Psychology, Spirituality and Capitalism: The Case of Abraham Maslow. International Journal of Critical Psychology:73-95.
Book section
Carrette, J. (2015). A Perverse Kind of Pleasure: James, the Body, and Women’s Mystical Experience. in: Tarver, E. C. and Sullivan, S. eds. Feminist Interpretations of William James. Pennsylvania State University Press. Available at:
Carrette, J. (2014). Growing Up Zigzag: Reassessing the Transatlantic Legacy of William James. in: Halliwell, M. and Rasmussen, J. D. S. eds. William James and the Transatlantic Conversation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 199-218. Available at:
Carrette, J. (2013). The Paradox of Globalization: Quakers, Religious NGOs and the United Nations. in: Hefner, R. et al. eds. Religions in Movement: The Local and the Global in Contemporary Faith Traditions. London: Routledge.
Carrette, J. and Trigeaud, S. (2013). The Religion-Secular in International Politics: The Case of 'Religious' NGOs at the United Nations. in: Day, A., Cotter, C. R. and Vincett, G. eds. Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.
Carrette, J. (2013). Foucault, Religion and Pastoral Power. in: Falzon, C., O'Leary, T. and Sawicki, J. eds. A Companion to Foucault. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, pp. 368-383. Available at:
Carrette, J. (2007). Foucault, Monks and Masturbation. in: Baldwin, T., Fowler, J. and Weller, S. eds. The Flesh in the Text. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 193-204.
Carrette, J. (2007). William James and Emotion. in: Corrigan, J. ed. Oxford Handbook on Religion and Emotion. University of Oxford.
Carrette, J. (2005). Passionate Belief: William James, Emotion and Religious Experience. in: Carrette, J. R. ed. William James and the Varieties of Religious Experience: A Centenary Celebration. London: Routledge, pp. 79-93.
Carrette, J. (2005). Religion out of Mind: The Ideology of Cognitive science and Religion. in: Bulkeley, K. ed. Soul, Psyche, Brain: New Directions in the Study of Religion and Brain-Mind Science. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 242-261.
Carrette, J. (2004). Introduction to Erich Fromm's 'The Dogma of Christ' and other Essays on Religion, Psychology and Society (Routledge Classic edition 2004). in: The Dogma of Christ and other Essays on Religion, Pscyhology and Society by Erich Fromm. London: Routledge.
Carrette, J. and Bernauer, J. (2004). Beyond Theology and Sexuality: Foucault, the Self and the Que(e)rying of Monotheistic Truth. in: Carrette, J. R. and Bernauer, J. W. eds. Michel Foucault and Theology: The Politics of Religious Experience. London: Ashgate, pp. 217-232.
Carrette, J. (2002). The Return to James: Psychology, Religion and the Amnesia of Neuroscience. in: Carrette, J. R. and Taylor, E. eds. The Varieties of Religious Experience (Centenary Edition) by William James. New York: Random House USA Inc.
Carrette, J. (2000). Post-Structuralism and the Psychology of Religion: The Challenge of Critical Psychology. in: Jonte-Pace, D. and Parsons, W. eds. Religion and Psychology: Mapping the Terrain. London: Taylor & Francis, pp. 110-126.
Total publications in KAR: 25 [See all in KAR]
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Jeremy Carrette teaches modules on William James and on religion and sexuality.

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Religious Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 01/08/2016