By Kieran Flanagan, Peter C. Jupp
The emergence of spirituality in modern tradition in holistic types means that organised religions have failed. This thesis is explored and disputed during this publication in ways in which mark vital severe divisions. this can be the 1st selection of essays to evaluate the importance of spirituality within the sociology of faith. The authors discover the connection of spirituality to the visible, individualism, gender, identification politics, schooling and cultural capital. the connection among secularisation and spirituality is tested and attention is given to the importance of Simmel in terms of a sociology of spirituality. difficulties of defining spirituality debated, with issues of its expression within the U.K., the u.s., France and Holland. This well timed, unique and good established quantity offers undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers with a scholarly appraisal of a phenomenon which could simply elevate in sociological value.
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In France, since the Revolution, secularisation has been a crucial political value, and the State exercises zeal in marking limits to the display of religious symbols in the public arena. These limitations conflict with Islamic rights for free religious expression and veiling has come to symbolise these hopes and expectations. Chambers explores the conflicts between the two cultures, providing a novel twist to the agenda of politics of spirituality. The issue of embodiment and spirituality starts to emerge in this chapter, when Chambers uses the notions of boundaries drawn from Mary Douglas to express how these women make their mark and express their spiritual and symbolic sensibilities.
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A Sociology of Spirituality by Kieran Flanagan, Peter C. Jupp