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Everyday Spirituality
Social and Spatial Worlds of Enchantment
 
 
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07 Feb 2012
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Spirituality is re-embracing the magical and otherworldly, and in this timely investigation Sara MacKian makes an important contribution to our understanding of the social science of contemporary spiritual evolution. Putting 'spirit' at the heart of spirituality, the author takes seriously the otherworldly experiences of everyday spiritual seekers, and through extensive fieldwork, establishes an exceptional view of the contemporary spiritual landscape. By exploring the everyday impacts of alternative spiritual beliefs and practices the book gets to the heart of what an enchanted spirituality looks like and how critical social science can map and understand it. Everyday Spirituality is an essential read for anyone with an interest in developing a deeper understanding of spiritual evolution in modern Western societies.


Description

Spirituality is re-embracing the magical and otherworldly, and in this timely investigation Sara MacKian makes an important contribution to our understanding of the social science of contemporary spiritual evolution. Putting 'spirit' at the heart of spirituality, the author takes seriously the otherworldly experiences of everyday spiritual seekers, and through extensive fieldwork, establishes an exceptional view of the contemporary spiritual landscape. By exploring the everyday impacts of alternative spiritual beliefs and practices the book gets to the heart of what an enchanted spirituality looks like and how critical social science can map and understand it. Everyday Spirituality is an essential read for anyone with an interest in developing a deeper understanding of spiritual evolution in modern Western societies.


Reviews

'This book is exciting, timely and raises key challenges for social science theory and methodology. It will contribute to debates not just about spirituality, but also about how we theorize the nature of the contemporary social world.' - Jennifer Mason, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, University of Manchester, UK

'Mackian illuminates the "geography" inhabited by her spiritual practitioners, connecting self with social with material with spirit
worlds. Everyday Spirituality is brilliantly written, with a firm and fascinating grip on the literature, studded with gems of discourse and ethnographic detail. We needed this holistic, experientially-based account to help make sense of today's lived spirituality and "enchanted modernity".' - Charles F. Emmons, Professor of Sociology, Gettysburg College, USA, and co-author with Penelope Emmons of Science and Spirit and Guided by Spirit

'This is a critical volume. As rapidly becomes apparent, Sara MacKian is by no means adverse to criticizing familiar perspectives on more alternative spiritualities, the present reviewer's efforts included. This is all to the good. Yet more to the good, the constructive criticism paves the way for MacKian's extension of perspectives to the everyday. The focus lies with the relational, oft-experientially charged or magical 'therapeutic landscapes of living', firmly within 'socio-spiritual worlds': not with the more traditional focus of specialized, frequently income-generating holistic activities per se. Overall, a most welcoming move to normal life, taken to be in the 'spirit' of spirit.' - Paul Heelas, Senior Reseach Professor in the Sociology of Contemporary Spirituality, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Introducing an Everyday Spirituality
'Spirituality Lite'
Spirit and Re-enchantment
The Everyday
Self and Security
Spirits in the Social World
Spirits in the Material World
Therapeutic Spiritualities
Concluding the Journey: Where Have we Been and Where are we Going?
Appendix: Data Collection
Endnotes
Bibliography


Authors

SARA MACKIANSenior Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing atThe Open University, UK. Formerly Lecturer in Health Geographies at the University of Manchester, UK,her principal interest is in the everyday construction of worlds of experience. This has led to studies on spirituality, ME, parenting and sexuality. She has a particular interest in qualitative methodologies.