A “stick to beat you with”? Advocating for a critical close reading of ‘vocation’ among evangelical medics in England

Jennifer Riley* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Evangelical Christianity and healthcare work are two contexts in which vocation is often an important discourse. Exploring uses, understandings and implications of vocation for evangelical medics thus offers a rich opportunity to critically interrogate vocation from two important perspectives. In addition to identifying a three-tiered construction of vocation, on macro-, meso- and micro-levels, this paper suggests that to fully understand its manifestations among a sample of English evangelical medics, a critical, Weberian-style reading is valuable. This latter conclusion resonates with those drawn by scholars who extend a critical view across constructions of medical vocation more broadly, not least given concerns regarding workplace burnout.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4096-4118
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume61
Issue number5
Early online date9 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Evangelicalism
  • Vocation
  • Identity
  • Healthcare
  • Beruf
  • UK
  • England

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