New Spirituality, Self, And Belonging

New Spirituality, Self, And Belonging

by Jon P. Bloch
     
 

Through in-depth interviews with 22 New Agers and Neo-Pagans, this study proposes a new model of religious identity from a sociological standpoint. The analysis demonstrates that in spite of their great diversity of beliefs and lack of strong organizational ties, a discernible community of alternative spiritualists does exist.

This volume will appeal not only

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Overview

Through in-depth interviews with 22 New Agers and Neo-Pagans, this study proposes a new model of religious identity from a sociological standpoint. The analysis demonstrates that in spite of their great diversity of beliefs and lack of strong organizational ties, a discernible community of alternative spiritualists does exist.

This volume will appeal not only to scholars of the sociology of religion, but also to sociologists interested in community building, social movements, and self-identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275959579
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1998
Series:
Religion in the Age of Transformation Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Conceptualizing Alternative Spirituality7
2Talking about Self-Autonomy and Community29
3Ideological Strains: Spirituality and Science47
4Other Dualisms: Earth/Sky, Goddess/God, Dark/Light61
5Ideological Limitations79
6Mythology as Ideology99
Conclusion115
Appendix A121
Appendix B125
Bibliography127
Index135

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