La marche nuptiale : subjectivation et technique de soi dans le rituel de mariage catholique

Abstract : This thesis has a twofold objective. On the one hand, to examine the contemporary transformations of the Catholic wedding ritual in France based on an ethnographic observation of all the activities that comprise the rite — from preparation to celebration. On the other hand, to evaluate the relevance of Foucault's ‘‘technologies of the self’’ to reflect these activities. This dual dimension, ethnographic and theoretical, constitutes the basis of a ‘‘field philosophy’’ whose methodological issues are defined. The first part of this work is of an epistemological nature: it presents and discusses different ways of understanding contemporary Catholic rituality. The second part focuses on marriage preparation: we then explore the exercises set up by priests and lay animators of the association Centres de préparation au mariage (CPM). In particular, the reflective dimension of these devices (dispositifs) is highlighted, leading to the adoption of new narrative patterns and new communication techniques to engage in their couple's life. The third part focuses on the celebration of union: it is then shown that, in the context of contemporary Catholicism, the effectiveness of this rite can only be fully understood if it is considered in the light of the preparation that conditions it. Two general issues emerge from this work. On the one hand, the contributions of subjectification theory to ritual analysis are presented. On the other hand, ethnographic observations allow us to critically deepen Foucault's theory.
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Daphné Le Roux. La marche nuptiale : subjectivation et technique de soi dans le rituel de mariage catholique. Philosophie. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018PA100130⟩. ⟨tel-02183927⟩

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