Understandings and Applications of Contemporary Spirituality: Analysing the Voices

Marian de Souza (Lead Author), Jacqueline Watson

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This final analytical chapter brings together the range of perspectives that have been offered across the many disciplinary voices that have been included in this book. Particular attention has been given to the way the concept of spirituality has been understood and interpreted across Education, Health and Social Care, Theology, Business, Sustainability and Cultural Studies. Following this, an attempt is made to identify common features contained in diverse discussions of the concept of spirituality as well as similarities and differences in the way the concept is applied and practised in different disciplines. Drawing on the findings of this analysis, a distinct attempt is made to provide a holistic description of spirituality which has the potential to bring some unity to the meaning and practices of spirituality across a variety of disciplines as well as across cultures and religious and secular worldviews. Accordingly, the conclusions offered in this final chapter will inform future research studies and enlighten existing practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpirituality across Disciplines
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Practice
EditorsMarian de Souza, Jane Bone, Jacqueline Watson
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-31380-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-31378-8
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016

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