New Spirituality, Self, and Belonging

New Spirituality, Self, and Belonging : How New Agers and Neo-Pagans Talk about Themselves

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 162.05 x 243.33 x 16.51mm | 412.77g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 0275959570
  • 9780275959579
  • 1,247,271

Table of contents

Introduction Conceptualizing Alternative Spirituality Talking About Self and Community Ideological Strains: Spirituality and Science Other Dualisms: Earth/Sky, Goddess/God, Darkness/Light Ideological Limitations Mythology as Ideology Conclusion Appendix A Appendix B Bibliography Index
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..."an important and compelling contribution to the growing body of academic study in the field of Neo-Paganism and related religious movement because of its systematic analysis as well as presentation of data."-Religious Studies Review "Bloch contributes significantly toward this process of emergent clarity in which the counter-cultural amalgam becomes something more than the sum of its New Age and Neo-Pagan parts."-Sociology of Religion ?Bloch contributes significantly toward this process of emergent clarity in which the counter-cultural amalgam becomes something more than the sum of its New Age and Neo-Pagan parts.?-Sociology of Religion ?...an important and compelling contribution to the growing body of academic study in the field of Neo-Paganism and related religious movement because of its systematic analysis as well as presentation of data.?-Religious Studies Review .,."an important and compelling contribution to the growing body of academic study in the field of Neo-Paganism and related religious movement because of its systematic analysis as well as presentation of data."-Religious Studies Review
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About Jon P. Bloch

JON P. BLOCH is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University./e His research and teaching interests include social theory, sociology of religion, and sociology of sex and gender.
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