‘Spirituality’ in Health Studies: competing spiritualities and the elevated status of mindfulness

Nita, M (2019) '‘Spirituality’ in Health Studies: competing spiritualities and the elevated status of mindfulness.' Journal of Religion and Health, 58 (5). pp. 1605-1618. ISSN 0022-4197

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Abstract

The article investigates discourses of ‘spirituality’ in the field of Health Studies, among scholarly voices and the voices of the practitioners and patients these studies reflect. It examines current trends in contemporary spirituality as well as links with debates involving science, religion and secularisation. The article argues that, in the public domain, ‘spirituality’ is beginning to denote a collective practice rather than an individual search for meaning. Furthermore, the article identifies some common understandings of spirituality in the context of Health Studies and health environments, such as it being a tool that can facilitate closeness and emotional exchanges. Finally, it proposes that the success and, as I will show, elevated status of ‘mindfulness’ in this field points to ‘competing spiritualities’, despite shared understandings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: spirituality, science, religion, mindfulness, health, secularisation
Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-019-00773-2
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2022 21:43
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2022 21:43
URI / Page ID: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/14514
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