Relative Abstraction and Concreteness: The example of the non-apology

"Impersonalisation abounds in the language of bureaucracy, a form of the organisation of human activity constituted on the denial of responsibility, and governed by impersonal procedures which, once put in place, are wellnigh impermeable to human agency." Theo van Leeuwen, The Representation of Social Actors In my most recent blog post, I introduced a catalogue … Continue reading Relative Abstraction and Concreteness: The example of the non-apology

“This sorry affair:” Religious Language and Spiritual Abuse

On occasion, people send me documents and ask me to help them make sense of what the documents are doing and how. They know the documents make them feel bad, less human somehow. They can articulate in some way why that is - pointing to this phrase or that paragraph. Their instincts tell them something … Continue reading “This sorry affair:” Religious Language and Spiritual Abuse