The Re-enchantment of the West
Understanding Popular Occulture v. 1
By (author) Christopher H. Partridge
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Re-enchantment of the West by Christopher H. Partridge
Book DescriptionAs a book about emergent spirituality in the contemporary West, this books focuses on the nature, evolution and significance of new forms of religion and alternative spiritualities. Part One of the book provides the theoretical background and guides the reader through some of the principal debates. After an overview of the secularization thesis, which argues that the West is becoming increasingly disenchanted, the second chapter turns to the sociological analysis of new religions and alternative spiritualities. Particular attention is given to the ideas of the sociologist of religion Ernst Troeltsch, especially his enigmatic analysis of the emergence mystical religion, which presciently provides helpful insights into understanding the contemporary alternative religious milieu. Against sociologists such as Bryan Wilson and Steve Bruce, this and the subsequent chapter argues that, rather than being insignificant, new forms of spirituality are actually proving to be a significant part of Western re-enchantment. Chapter 3 constructs a general theory of the re-enchantment of the West.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780567084088
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: T.& T.Clark Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher H. Partridge
Lure of the Dark Side, Hardback (May 2009)
Demons, devils, spirits and vampires are present throughout popular Western culture in film, music and literature. Their religious significance has only recently begun to be explored. 'The Lure of the Darkside' brings together the work of some of the most important and creative scholars in the field of Biblical and Religious Studies.
Re-enchantment of the West, Hardback (April 2006)
Challenging theories that predict widespread secularization beyond traditional institutional religiosity, this book provides a series of specific studies which illustrate the re-enchantment and occulture theses developed in volume one. It examines, for example, healthcare and nursing, contemporary environmentalism, psychedelia and drug use.
UFO Religions, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Christopher H. Partridge
UFO Religions critically examines some of the fascinating issues surrounding UFO worship and gives a clear profile of modern UFO controversies and beliefs.
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Author Biography - Christopher H. Partridge
Christopher Partridge is Professor of Contemporary Religion at University College Chester. His research and writing focuses on Western alternative spiritualities and popular culture.
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