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The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

1st Edition

Edited by Laszlo Zsolnai, Bernadette Flanagan


458 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Increasingly, it is being recognized that spirituality, defined here as "a multiform search for a transcendent meaning of life that connects them to all living beings and brings them in touch with God or ‘Ultimate Reality,’" is an aspect of almost every sphere and aspect of social life. It appears in humanity’s dealings with nature, home and community, healing, economics and business, knowledge, and education. The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions is a stimulating collection that summarizes the most important issues, frameworks, discussions, and problems relating to spiritually inspired activities in different fields of social life.

The contributors explore how spirituality is a part of existence and present approaches and models for professionals working in diverse areas. Presented in seven parts, the book provides a full overview of current research and practice. Part II, "Facets of spirituality," explores topics including philosophy, psychology, theology, and culture. Part III, "Nature," looks at ecology, agriculture, cities, and tourism. Part IV, "Home and community," presents chapters on various life stages, disability, gender, and culture. Part V, "Healing," examines medicine, mental and physical health, and ill-health. In Part VI, "Economy, politics, and law," contributors discuss business, leadership and the workplace, peace, and policing. Part VII, "Knowledge and education," includes chapters on science, design, fashion, literature, and the arts. In the final part, "Way forward," the editors look to the future with a chapter on inter-spirituality and the renewal of social practices. Driven by contemporary research and new developments, this Handbook is an innovative and interdisciplinary collection that provides an essential overview of contemporary spirituality and society from an international selection of contributors.

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions offers accessible, diverse, and engaging international research, and its scope will appeal to academics and students of a wide range of subjects, including aging and addiction, psychology, theology, religious studies, sociology, business studies, and philosophy. It will also be an important work for professionals in medical and social services, the clergy, education, business, the arts, religious communities, and politics, and members of organizations looking at the links between spirituality, religion, and society.


"In the morally ambiguous workplace of modern corporations, spirituality is a poorly understood topic, and yet one of the most important issues facing organizations today. Lack of spirituality is also a source of many contemporary problems. The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions brings together an impressive array of writers deeply exploring this topic from multiple perspectives and at multiple levels. This book offers the most important concepts, frameworks and examples for understanding spirituality in organizations and society. The book should be of great interest to both researchers and practitioners." - Paul Shrivastava, Professor and Director, Sustainability Institute, Pennsylvania State University, USA, and International Research Chair in Art and Sustainable Enterprise, ICN Business School, France

"The immense damage that the relentless search for analytic truth in economic life has caused is now becoming tragically clear as environmental degradation, growing income and political inequality bring about political instability, violence and human suffering. The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions explores and shows how and why spirituality is an indispensable part our lives rather than some 'exogenous' factor that, for the sake of the mathematical elegance of some model, can be safely ignored. This outstanding volume is part of the growing effort of social scientists, philosophers and theologians to find the way out of this catastrophic path by reincorporating into economic thinking what makes us human." - Peter Rona, Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, UK

"The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions is a fantastic publication which provides a long term vision regarding the importance of spirituality in human lives. The handbook indicates the approaches of spirituality in all social sciences, fine arts, and professions. It establishes some guidelines from which future scholars can extend the frontiers of their work in doing research in various fields." - Manas Chatterji, Professor of Management, Binghamton University, USA, and President, Mahatma Gandhi International Research Center for Conflict Prevention and Management, Bangalore, India

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

Laszlo Zsolnai and Bernadette Flanagan: Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Part 2: Facets of Spirituality

Ralph W. Hood, Jr.: The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

David Rousseau: Spirituality and Philosophy

Thomas Dienberg: Spirituality and Theology

Imre Lazar: Spirituality and Culture

B. Les Lancaster and Ellis H. Linders: Spirituality and Transpersonalism  

Rosemarie Anderson and Jacqueline Linder: Spirituality and Emergent Research Methods 

Part 3: Nature

Elizabeth Allison: Spirituality and Ecology

John E. Ikerd: Spirituality and Agriculture

Gary L. Chamberlain: Spirituality and Water

Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch: Spirituality and Landscape Planning

12 Spirituality and Cities (Brian R. Sinclair, University of Calgary, Canada)

Gregory Willson and Alison McIntosh: Spirituality and Tourism

Part 4: Home and Community

Susan Crowther: Birth and Spirituality

Adrian-Mario Gellel: Children and Spirituality

Peter Jankowski: Spirituality, Couple and Parent-Child Relating

Anna Fedele: Spirituality and Gender

Alexandria R. Ebert and Susan H. McFadden: Spirituality and Aging

Simon Robinson: Spirituality and Sport

György Könczei and Anikó Sándor: Spirituality and Disability

Jill Snodgrass: Spirituality and Homelessness

Beth R. Crisp: Spirituality and Social Work

Daniel Hauge, David Paine, Elizabeth G. Ruffing and Steven Sandage: Spirituality and Interculturality

Part 5: Healing

Athar Yawar: Spirituality in Medicine

Sandhya Chandramohan and R. Bhagwan: Spirituality and Nursing

Rachel J. Cullinan and Christopher C.H. Cook: Spirituality and Mental Health

Peter Kevern: Spirituality and Dementia

Paramabandhu Groves: Spirituality and Addiction

Part 6: Economy, Politics, and Law

Luk Bouckaert and Laszlo Zsolnai: Spirituality in Economics and Business

Carlos Hoevel: Spirituality and International Development

Carole L. Jurkiewicz and Robert A. Giacalone: Spirituality and the Workplace

Katalin Illes: Spirituality in Management Development

Margaret Benefiel and Michelle Abbott: Spirituality and Leadership

Dániel Deák: Spirituality and Law

Wolfgang Palaver: Spirituality and Politics

Jonathan Smith and Ginger Charles: Spirituality and Policing

Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael: Spirituality and Social Activism

Tilman Bauer: Spirituality and Peace

Part 7: Knowledge and Education

Peter Pruzan: Science and Spirituality

Stuart Walker: Spirituality and Design

Thomas Barrie and Julio Bermudez: Spirituality and Architecture

Doirean Wilson: Spirituality and Fashion

Rita Ghesquière: Spirituality and Literature

James McCullough: Spirituality and the Visual Arts

Marcel Cobussen: Spirituality and Music

Edmund B Lingan: Spirituality and Theatre

Kenneth R. Morefield: Spirituality in Movies

Celeste Snowber: Spirituality and Dance

Henk Oosterling: Spirituality and Martial Arts

Mark Pearson: Spirituality in Journalism

Paola Di Maio: Spirituality in Cyberspace

Bernadette Flanagan and Michael O’Sullivan: Spirituality and Education

Part 8: Way Forward

Bernadette Flanagan and Laszlo Zsolnai: Inter-Spirituality and the Renewal of Social Practices


About the Editors

Laszlo Zsolnai is Professor and Director of the Business Ethics Center at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, and president of the European SPES Institute in Leuven, Belgium. He is the author of several books on the links between spirituality, business, ethics, and management.

Bernadette Flanagan is Professor of Spirituality at the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education in Dublin, Ireland, which engages with the Waterford Institute of Technology in the delivery of MA and PhD studies in spirituality. She has consulted with organizations both in Ireland and internationally on dimensions of spiritual education, spiritual care, and spiritual practice.

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health