Situating Spirituality: Context, Practice, and Power

Situating Spirituality

Context, Practice, and Power
 
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ISBN13:9780197565018
ISBN10:0197565018
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:344 pages
Size:235x155x25 mm
Weight:544 g
Language:English
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Short description:

The essays collected in Situating Spirituality: Context, Practice, and Power examine not only individual engagements with spirituality, but they show how seemingly personal facets of spirituality, as well as definitions of spirituality itself, are deeply shaped by religious, cultural, and political contexts.

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Spirituality is in the spotlight. While levels of religious belief and observance are declining in much of the Western world, the number of people who identify as "spiritual but not religious" is on the rise. Practices such as yoga, meditation, and pilgrimage are surging in popularity. "Wellness" regimes offer practitioners a lexicon of spirituality and an array of spiritual experiences. Commentators talk of a new spiritual awakening "after religion." And global mobility is generating hybrid practices that blur the lines between religion and spirituality.

The essays collected in Situating Spirituality: Context, Practice, and Power examine not only individual engagements with spirituality, but they show how seemingly personal facets of spirituality, as well as definitions of spirituality itself, are deeply shaped by religious, cultural, and political contexts. The volume is explicitly cross-national and comparative. The contributors are leading scholars of major global regions: North America, Central America, East Asia, South Asia, Africa and the African Diaspora, Western Europe, and the Middle East. They study not only Christian, Jewish, and Islamic societies, but also non-Abrahamic societies with native as well as transnational sacred traditions.

Situating Spirituality successfully, and imaginatively, captures the full breadth of scholarship on spirituality, in all its manifest diversity, making it a critical contribution to this burgeoning, if messy, field.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction
Eminently Social Spirituality: Context, Practice, and Power
Brian Steensland, Jaime Kucinskas, Anna Sun
Part One: Context
1. Social Practices and Cultural Contexts: Framework for the Study of Spirituality
Nancy Ammerman
2. The Gods of Modern Spirituality
Linda Woodhead
3. Fearful Asymmetry: Rethinking the Boundaries between Religion and Spirituality
Anna Sun
4. Trumping the Devil! Engendering the Spirituality of the Marketplace within Africa and the African Diaspora
Afe Adogame
5. Methodological Innovations for the Study of Spirituality
Bradley Wright
6. Shifts in Spiritual and Religious Self-Perceptions in the First Year of College
Alyssa N. Rochenbach
7. Spirituality among African Americans: Inter-Racial and Intra-Racial Differences across Followers of Various Religious Traditions
Jason Shelton
Part Two: Practice
8. The Micro-interactive Order of Spirituality
Michael Pagis
9. Ecstasies: Or, the Limitations of Vanilla Spirituality Studies
Melissa Wilcox
10. Textures of Spirituality in Rural Malawi
Ann Swidler
11. Gifts, Weapons, and Values: The Language of Spirituality in 21st Century Central America
Robert Brenneman
Part Three: Power
12. Everything is Connected: Relocating Spiritual Power from Nature to Society
Stef Aupers
13. Yoga Spirituality in the Context of U.S. Institutions
Candy Gunther Brown
14. Training Spiritual Caregivers: Spirituality in Chaplaincy Programs in Theological Education
Wendy Cage, Beth Stroud, Patrick K. Palmer, George Fitchett, Trace Haythorne, Casey Clevenger
15. Spirituality and Islam: Sufism in Indonesia
Rachel Rinaldo
16. The Transmission of Spirituality in Broader Landscapes of Power
Jaime Kucinskas
Conclusion
17. Three Questions About Spirituality: Its Meaning, Influence, and Future
Brian Steensland
Index