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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

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Introduction: The Making of Contemporary Spirituality

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pp. 1-7

Spirituality: a marvelous word, ubiquitous today and bursting with possibilities. We are disillusioned with both science and religion, with politics and business, and, in a deep way, with who we have...

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1. Definitions of Spirituality: Ninety-Two and Still Counting

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pp. 9-28

Spirituality today has become newsworthy and glamorous, and yet it remains confusing and mysterious. In our introduction, we focused on this and noted how the many definitions of this term go along with an overall sense that spirituality is resistant to clear definition. That has...

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2. How Do I Become Spiritual?: Practice as a Category

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pp. 29-45

Contemporary definitions of spirituality are, as we have seen, very abstract and generic. It is one of the paradoxes of the concept of spirituality today that almost all of its advocates follow up their definitions...

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3. Virtues and Values of Spirituality

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pp. 47-60

So far, our discussion of learning to be spiritual and of the virtues embedded in the very concept of practice has been focused on individuals and their intentions. We have seen how certain virtues are built into...

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4. The Intellectual Ecology of Spirituality: Psychology

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pp. 61-73

“If Elisabeth Kübler-Ross were working now, she would be doing spirituality, not psychology.” And “If William James were working now, he would speak of the Varieties of Spiritual Experience, not of religion at...

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5. The Intellectual Ecology of Spirituality: Religious Studies

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pp. 75-87

“If William James were working now, he would speak of the Varieties of Spiritual Experience, not of religion at all.” Like the claim that Kübler- Ross would prefer spirituality to psychology, this one also seems on the...

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6. The Intellectual Ecology of Spirituality: Sociology of Religion

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pp. 89-102

We have shown how recent changes in the intellectual territory occupied by psychology opened a new niche for a concept of spirituality. The ingredients of that concept—the exact vocabulary, in,,,

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7. Niches for Spirituality: Healthcare and Rx Spirituality

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pp. 103-118

The next three chapters examine three separate fields or areas of life in which the concept of spirituality has now found a home—or claims to have done so. Each of these areas has relative...

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8. Niches of Spirituality: Spirituality in the Workplace

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pp. 119-134

In this chapter, we examine the meanings and roles of spirituality in the workplace. That phrase, along with spirituality in business, might have seemed an oxymoron a generation ago. While illness, suffering, and...

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9. Niches for Spirituality: Recreation to Escape the Iron Cage

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pp. 135-150

As we saw, the movement for workplace spirituality had to adapt itself to the niche permitted for it by the rules and norms of the modern industrial workplace, of the world that Weber called...

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Conclusion: Spirituality Brings the Change: A Critique

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pp. 151-166

We have seen how the murky yet attractive concept of spirituality expanded from humble and restricted beginnings and found niches in today’s intellectual ecology. The concept now presents itself as the...

Notes

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pp. 167-176

Bibliography

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pp. 177-183

Index

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pp. 185-190