Metamorphoses of Religion and Spirituality in Central and Eastern Europe
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This book offers a range of contemporary sociological reflections on new manifestations of religion, religiosity and spirituality in Central and Eastern Europe, a region that has seen significant social and political transformation. It explores the development of cultural and religious trends, including secularization, new spirituality and a resurgence of religiosity outside of traditional structures. The theoretical and empirical contributions by established and emerging scholars address topics including: the experiences and values of young people, the role and influence of media, the relationship between public and private religion, and the position of state and institutions. The book will be of particular interest to sociologists of religion and others focused on contemporary Central and Eastern European societies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Transmutation of spiritual and religious mentality
Sławomir H. Zaręba, Maria Sroczyńska, Roberto Cipriani, Marcin Choczyński, and Wojciech Klimski
Part I: The Metatoretical Dimension of Social and Religious Metamorphoses
1. Cultural sociology of religion in the perspective of comparative religion
2. The concept of public religion in the context of the development of the sociology of religion – the perspective of the Central and Eastern Europe
3. Spirituality vs religiosity as an impetus to the discussion on the change factors in the contemporary sociology of religion
Sławomir H. Zaręba
4. Modern directions of development of religion and spirituality – an attempt at systematisation
5. New spirituality as a social and cultural megatrend
6. Metamorphoses of religiosity in Poland – post-modern spirituality or religious morality?
7. "The Miracle of Mindfulness" – between the discovery of the sacred in everyday life and the practice of meditation secularisation
Part II: Transformations of Religiosity and Spirituality in the Society at Risk – An Attempt at Diagnosis
8, Religiosity of the Polish intelligentsia at the beginning of the 21st century
9. The sacred and the youth – theoretical and empirical inspirations
10. The spectre of secularisation: Against equating church indifference with religious indifference
11. Spiritual values of university students in contemporary Ukrainian society – a sociological discourse
12. Contemporary religiosity in practice – experiencing religion
13. Religious experience as a dimension of religiosity – Polish youth in the world of experience
14. The approach to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Poland in light of innovation and religious selectivity
15. From orality to the Internet – transformations of religious communication in the Polish miracular communities
16. A scapegoat or a modern devil? The analysis of the Catholic press discourse on "gender" and "genderists" (on the examples of "Niedziela" and "Tygodnik Powszechny" weeklies)
17. #witchesofinstagram. How does social media spread spirituality, witchcraft, and pagan movements?
Marta R. Jabłońska
Sławomir H. Zaręba is a Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology of Religion at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland.
Maria Sroczyńska is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Sociological Sciences at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland.
Roberto Ciprianiis Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Roma Tre University, Italy.
Marcin Choczyński is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Sociological Sciences at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland.
Wojciech Klimski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology of Religion at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Poland.