Aug 01

Book: A Sociology of Spirituality

Sociology of Spirituality

Edited by Kieran Flanagan and Peter C. Jupp

Ashgate, 2007 (reissued in paperback, 2009)


The emergence of spirituality in contemporary culture in holistic forms suggests that organised religions have failed. This thesis is explored and disputed in this book in ways that mark important critical divisions. This is the first collection of essays to assess the significance of spirituality in the sociology of religion. The authors explore the relationship of spirituality to the visual, individualism, gender, identity politics, education and cultural capital. The relationship between secularisation and spirituality is examined and consideration is given to the significance of Simmel in relation to a sociology of spirituality. Problems of defining spirituality are debated with reference to its expression in the UK, the USA, France and Holland. (From the publisher’s description, click here to read more.)