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The Infirmity Debate: On the Visibility of New Age Spiritualities of Life.

Heelas, P. L. F. (2006) The Infirmity Debate: On the Visibility of New Age Spiritualities of Life. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 21 (2). pp. 223-240. ISSN 1469-9419

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Abstract

The 'infirmity debate' is becoming increasingly lively. On the one hand, scholars argue that New Age spiritualities of life are in a 'poor' condition; on the other hand, scholars argue that they are in a good state of 'health'. Drawing on key publications, including articles from the Journal of Contemporary Religion, the argument is couched in terms of 'the turn to the self' - more specifically 'the massive subjective turn of modern culture'. How do New Age spiritualities of life fare in the context of this development? Concentrating on activities found in the holistic milieu which is to be found in many countries today, the argument is that activities like yoga or spiritual aromatherapy serve as 'intermediary institutions', successfully negotiating a path between antinomian freedom and social conformism.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary Religion
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 4069
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2008 11:47
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:04
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4069

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