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Designing Rites to Re-enchant Secularized Society: New Varieties of Spiritualized Therapy in Contemporary Sweden

Publiceringsår: 2010
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Religion and Health
Volym: Online 25 May 2010
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Springer

Sammanfattning

Detraditionalization in late modernity has both affected traditional religion and the domain of clinical therapy. Sweden, which is said to be one of the most secularized societies in the world, instead has allowed the public domain to be colonized by new, spiritualized practices. Sold as therapy, the services of new spiritual leaders offer anti-stress techniques to prevent burn-out, or leaders are trained to develop their leadership in coaching activities. New varieties of spiritualized therapy are rapidly increasing in contemporary Sweden, typical of which is to have added healing rhetoric to their agenda, such as "find your inner self" or "develop your inner potential". Four common denominators seem to guide these practices: self-made leaders, individual-centered rites, realization of one’s Self, and intense emotions. We might also add a fifth aspect: profit. Rites have become a commodity and are sold as liberating practices for burnt-out souls or for people in pursuit of self-realization.

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Nyckelord

  • Philosophy and Religion
  • New spiritual practices
  • therapy
  • coaching activities
  • commodification of rites

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  • ISSN: 1573-6571

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