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A Sociology of Spirituality

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Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Kieran Flanagan; Spirituality: some disciplinary perspectives, Peter R. Holmes; The Spiritual Revolution: Another False Dawn for the Sacred, David Voas and Steve Bruce; The holistic milieu and spirituality: reflections on Voas and Bruce, Paul Heelas; Beyond secularisation versus sacralisation: lessons from a study of the Dutch case, Andre Droogers; Spirituality on the margin of the Church: Christian spiritual centres in The Netherlands, Peter Versteeg; Why so many women in holistic spirituality? A puzzle revisited, Linda Woodhead; Contentious headscarves: spirituality and the state in the 21st century, Paul Chambers; Georg Simmel: religion and spirituality, Ivan Varga; Spirituality: from a religious concept to a sociological theory, Giuseppe Giordan; In search of spiritual capital: the spiritual as a cultural resource, Mathew Guest; The embodied spirituality of the post-boomer generations, Richard W. Flory and Donald E. Miller; Visual spirituality: an eye for religion, Kieran Flanagan; Conclusion, Kieran Flanagan and Peter C. Jupp; Index.

About the Author

Kieran Flanagan is Reader in Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK. Peter C. Jupp is Golders Green Foundation Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Durham, UK. Kieran Flanagan, Peter R. Holmes, David Voas, Steve Bruce, Paul Heelas, Andre Droogers, Peter Versteeg, Linda Woodhead, Paul Chambers, Ivan Varga, Giuseppe Giordan, Mathew Guest, Richard W. Flory, Donald E. Miller, Peter C. Jupp.


'... a step forward in our understanding of some key features of contemporary culture.' Church Times '... these are first-rate, detailed essays that move the spirituality debate forward from simplistic oppositions between the individual and community, public and private, religious and the spiritual, and signify an ascending and important topic within the sociology of religion.' Religious Studies Review '... a very rich and useful collection on the nature of spirituality.' Journal of Contemporary Religion 'This book does an excellent job of bringing to light, through interesting case studies and theoretical essays, some of the key issues in what promises to be a growing theme in the sociology of religion.' British Journal of Sociology 'A Sociology of Spirituality is a robust contribution to the analysis of contemporary religion and culture trends. The volume is well structured and skillfully illustrates the diversity of sociological approaches to spirituality.' Worship 'A Sociology of Spirituality is an important book for those interested in studies of the contemporary religious landscape.' Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 'What is particularly fascinating, and gratifying, is that this is the first substantial collection of scholarly work to explore the meaning and significance of 'spirituality' in relation to the method and preoccupations of sociology. ... the book undoubtedly broadened my own perspectives and reminded me forcefully that it is all too easy to treat spirituality in a pure, rather timeless or abstract way. While spiritual traditions are not purely cultural constructs, our understanding of them cannot be detached from the surrounding cultures within which they inescapably came to birth and in relation to which traditions persistently adapt and develop. I look forward to an increasing and mutually fruitful dialogue between sociologists and scholars of Christian spirituality.' Spiritus '... very much of interest not just to students of the sociology of religion but to anyone concerned about the mission of the church.' Church of England Newspaper

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