The Mystical Society

The Mystical Society

by Philip Wexler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813391431

ISBN-13: 9780813391434

Pub. Date: 12/01/2000

Publisher: Westview Press


In Mystical Society Philip Wexler, a well-known critical theorist with a background in social psychology and a special interest in spirituality, examines the revitalization of spirituality manifesting itself in society and in education. Describing what he calls "cultural changes toward the sacred," he documents a cultural shift, brought about by…  See more details below

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In Mystical Society Philip Wexler, a well-known critical theorist with a background in social psychology and a special interest in spirituality, examines the revitalization of spirituality manifesting itself in society and in education. Describing what he calls "cultural changes toward the sacred," he documents a cultural shift, brought about by technological and societal changes, toward a new mysticism. Wexler explores the meaning for this new spirituality for our daily lives, for social theory, and for education. From the pervasiveness of a spiritual vernacular to the integration of spiritual practices into our highly individualized and technologized lives, Wexler lays out the evidence for a growing movement, and then draws parallels to periods of mystical revitalization from the past. In the course of this discussion, he draws on the work of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, as well as from contemporary social theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813391434
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Series:
Edge Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Prologue: A New Society1
2Society: Informationalism, Mysticism, Revitalization17
3Self: Reselfing33
4Criticism: From Culture to Being59
5Social Theory: From Society to Cosmos75
6Education: From Postmodernism to Ethnography of Being93
7Social Interaction: From Alienation to Mysticism111
8Epilogue: Mystical Sociology and Beyond133
References145
Index161

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