Bookcover of A Critical Psychology of Spirituality
Booktitle:

A Critical Psychology of Spirituality

Socio-Cultural and Psychological Constructions

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-10-19 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-19529-3

ISBN-10:
3639195299
EAN:
9783639195293
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Spirituality, often defined as separate from organised religions, is popular in Western culture; bookshops display sections on mind, body, spirit or popular spirituality, and seminars, workshops and exhibitions take place throughout the Western world. In critiquing scientific and individualist approaches in psychology, this thesis attends to socio-cultural and historical context as it maps out how these forms of spirituality are constructed in psychology, mind- body-spirit, and commonsense understanding. The author draws selectively from Sociology, Cultural Studies and Religion to develop a critique of psychology in its tendency to exclude, demean or individualize spirituality. Moreover, discourse analysis is used to examine the use of discourse and rhetoric in constructing spirituality. A further concern is the implications these constructions of spirituality have for a change-orientated politics. This thesis should be useful to students and researchers of spirituality, but also, for anyone interested in developing understanding of social constructionism, discourse analysis and critical psychology.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Helen Lee
Number of pages:
280
Published on:
2009-10-19
Stock:
Available
Category:
General Social sciences
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
"spirituality, mind-body-spirit, critical psychology, social constructionism, discourse analysis, embodiment"

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