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Historical Dictionary of New Age Movements

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  • Ian Pitchford
    Historical Dictionary of New Age Movements by Michael York Hardcover: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 8.50 x 5.50 Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 29, 2003
      Historical Dictionary of New Age Movements
      by Michael York
      Hardcover: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 8.50 x 5.50
      Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (Non NBN); (December 20, 2003) ISBN: 0810848732
      AMAZON - US
      AMAZON - UK

      Book Description
      TheHistorical Dictionary of New Age Movements is a reference manual presenting
      the key concepts, activities, groups, people, and overlapping domains of the
      contemporary spirituality known as New Age. The focus includes historical
      antecedents as well as contemporary strategies for change and survival that
      link the groups and movements variously identifiable within the New Age rubric
      as an increasingly emergent twenty-first century religiosity.

      The decline of institutionalized religion in the increasingly secularized West
      has been offset by the contemporary spiritual development understood in the
      form of emerging New Age movements. This Dictionary presents the potpourri of
      spiritual and psycho-physical therapeutic practices associated with this
      affirmation of the individual's spiritual freedom, the expectation of a future
      golden age, the emphasis on self-development and the holistic pluralism that
      sets the dominant pulse for innovative spirituality in the twenty-first

      This reference furnishes profiles and explanations of New Age spokespeople and
      leaders, of a range of human potential and self-help practices, of
      countercultural spiritual developments, and of different groups and
      organizations that identify as New Age to let the reader decide for
      herself/himself whatever might be the sincerity, validity, hopes and possible
      usefulness to be found within the New Age effervescence.

      The dictionary consists of over 240 individual entries along with an
      introduction that describes the historical foundations of the New Age
      orientation and its relation with contemporary Western paganism. It also
      presents the sociological dimension of New Age expression as well as the kinds
      of criticism with which the New Age identity must contend. There is both a New
      Age Chronology and an extensive index that allows the reader access to many
      different themes and personalities that appear within the various entries that
      might otherwise be difficult to locate in a dictionary format. Designed to be
      of helpful use for students and serious academics alike as well as for
      practitioners of New Age spirituality.

      About The Author
      Michael York is Principal Lecturer for the Sophia Centre for the Study of
      Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at Bath Spa University College in Britain. He
      is director of the Bath Archive for Contemporary Religious Affairs, as well as
      co-director of the Academy for Cultural and Educational Studies in London and
      director of the Netherlands-based Amsterdam Center for Eurindic Studies. He is
      an Associate Editor for the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature to which he has
      contributed articles on the New Age Movement, Shamanism, Magic, New Religious
      Movements, Pantheism, Polytheism, UFOs, Channeling, etc. He has trained in the
      Sociology of Religion with particular emphasis on the Sociology of New
      Religious Movements and has pursued an interest in alternative forms of
      spirituality for many years.

      Sample chapters
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