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Are We All Spiritual?

Hornborg, Anne-Christine LU (2011) In Journal for the Study of Spirituality 1(2). p.249-268
Abstract
'I’m spiritual – not religious' has become a key expression of a new form of globalized religion focussing on a specific notion of spirituality, signifying a universal human essence, located deep inside each individual as a potential for wellbeing and personal transformation. The message is: Spirituality unites us into a single humanity, while religion, with its dogma and rituals, separates us. This new concept of spirituality works mostly in symbiosis with neoliberal ideas about the market, where neo-spiritual therapists and coaches offer to assist individuals in finding and developing their spirituality or 'inner potential'.

In this article, I suggest that this contemporary view of spirituality is produced within a particular... (More)
'I’m spiritual – not religious' has become a key expression of a new form of globalized religion focussing on a specific notion of spirituality, signifying a universal human essence, located deep inside each individual as a potential for wellbeing and personal transformation. The message is: Spirituality unites us into a single humanity, while religion, with its dogma and rituals, separates us. This new concept of spirituality works mostly in symbiosis with neoliberal ideas about the market, where neo-spiritual therapists and coaches offer to assist individuals in finding and developing their spirituality or 'inner potential'.

In this article, I suggest that this contemporary view of spirituality is produced within a particular social context, and is thus not self-evidently adopted in other contexts. To illustrate this, I draw on my experience of fieldwork in Canadian Mi’kmaq reserves and examples of contemporary spirituality, mainly from Sweden; and consider whether Mi'kmaq notions of spirituality are congruent with those of the 'new spirituality'. (Less)
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Canadian Mi’kmaq, global vs. local contexts, Spirituality, inner potential, Sweden
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Journal for the Study of Spirituality
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249 - 268
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Equinox
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 In this article, I suggest that this contemporary view of spirituality is produced within a particular social context, and is thus not self-evidently adopted in other contexts. To illustrate this, I draw on my experience of fieldwork in Canadian Mi’kmaq reserves and examples of contemporary spirituality, mainly from Sweden; and consider whether Mi'kmaq notions of spirituality are congruent with those of the 'new spirituality'.},
  author       = {Hornborg, Anne-Christine},
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  keyword      = {Canadian Mi’kmaq,global vs. local contexts,Spirituality,inner potential,Sweden},
  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {249--268},
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  series       = {Journal for the Study of Spirituality},
  title        = {Are We All Spiritual?},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2011},
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