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.

part I|1 pages


chapter |2 pages

Spirituality in society and the professions

ByLaszlo Zsolnai, Bernadette Flanagan

part II|1 pages

Facets of spirituality

chapter 1|8 pages

The psychology of religion and spirituality

ByRalph W. Hood

chapter 2|10 pages

Spirituality and philosophy

ByDavid Rousseau

chapter 3|7 pages

Spirituality and theology

ByThomas Dienberg

chapter 4|8 pages

Spirituality and culture

ByImre Lazar

chapter 5|8 pages

Spirituality and transpersonalism

ByB. Les Lancaster, Ellis H. Linders

chapter 6|9 pages

Spirituality and emergent research methods

ByRosemarie Anderson, Jacqueline Linder

part III|1 pages


chapter 7|8 pages

Spirituality and ecology

ByElizabeth Allison

chapter 8|9 pages

Spirituality and agriculture

ByJohn E. Ikerd

chapter 9|8 pages

Spirituality and water

ByGary L. Chamberlain

chapter 10|9 pages

Spirituality and landscape planning

ByCecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch

chapter 11|10 pages

Spirituality and the city

ByBrian R. Sinclair

chapter 12|7 pages

Spirituality and tourism

ByGregory Willson, Alison McIntosh

part IV|1 pages

Home and community

chapter 13|7 pages

Birth and spirituality

BySusan Crowther

chapter 14|7 pages

Children and spirituality

ByAdrian-Mario Gellel

chapter 15|8 pages

Spirituality, couple and parent-child relating

ByPeter J. Jankowski

chapter 16|7 pages

Spirituality and gender

ByAnna Fedele

chapter 17|7 pages

Spirituality and aging

ByAlexandria R. Ebert, Susan H. McFadden

chapter 18|10 pages

Spirituality and sport

BySimon Robinson

chapter 19|8 pages

Spirituality and disability

ByGyörgy Könczei, Anikó Sándor

chapter 20|7 pages

Spirituality and homelessness

ByJill L. Snodgrass

chapter 21|8 pages

Spirituality and social work

ByBeth R. Crisp

chapter 22|8 pages

Spirituality and intercultural development

ByDaniel Hauge, David Paine, Elizabeth G. Ruffing, Steven Sandage

part V|1 pages


chapter 23|12 pages

Spirituality in medicine

ByAthar Yawar

chapter 24|8 pages

Spirituality and nursing

BySandhya Chandramohan, Raisuyah Bhagwan

chapter 25|10 pages

Spirituality and mental health

ByRachel J. Cullinan, Christopher C.H. Cook

chapter 26|8 pages

Spirituality and dementia

ByPeter Kevern

chapter 27|8 pages

Spirituality and addiction

ByParamabandhu Groves

part VI|1 pages

Economy, politics, and law

chapter 28|10 pages

Spirituality in economics and business

ByLuk Bouckaert, Laszlo Zsolnai

chapter 29|8 pages

Spirituality and international development

ByCarlos Hoevel

chapter 30|7 pages

Spirituality and the workplace

ByCarole L. Jurkiewicz, Robert A. Giacalone

chapter 31|8 pages

Spirituality in management development

ByKatalin Illes

chapter 32|6 pages

Spirituality and leadership

ByMargaret Benefiel, Michelle Abbott

chapter 33|8 pages

Spirituality and law

ByDániel Deák

chapter 34|8 pages

Spirituality and politics

ByWolfgang Palaver

chapter 35|6 pages

Spirituality and policing

ByJonathan Smith, Ginger Charles

chapter 36|11 pages

Spirituality and social activism

ByAlastair McIntosh, Matt Carmichael

chapter 37|8 pages

Spirituality and peace

ByTilman Bauer

part VII|1 pages

Knowledge and education

chapter 38|9 pages

Science and spirituality

ByPeter Pruzan

chapter 39|13 pages

Spirituality and design

ByStuart Walker

chapter 40|11 pages

Spirituality and architecture

ByThomas Barrie, Julio Bermudez

chapter 41|7 pages

Spirituality and fashion

ByDoirean Wilson

chapter 42|9 pages

Spirituality and literature

ByRita Ghesquière

chapter 43|8 pages

Spirituality and the visual arts

ByJames McCullough

chapter 44|8 pages

Spirituality and music

ByMarcel Cobussen

chapter 45|8 pages

Spirituality and theatre

ByEdmund B. Lingan

chapter 46|8 pages

Spirituality in movies

ByKenneth R. Morefield

chapter 47|8 pages

Spirituality and dance

ByCeleste Snowber

chapter 48|7 pages

Spirituality and martial arts

ByHenk Oosterling

chapter 49|8 pages

Spirituality in journalism

ByMark Pearson

chapter 50|8 pages

Spirituality in cyberspace

ByPaola Di Maio

chapter 51|10 pages

Spirituality and education

ByBernadette Flanagan, Michael O’Sullivan

part VIII|1 pages

Way forward

chapter |7 pages

Inter-spirituality and the renewal of social practices

ByBernadette Flanagan, Laszlo Zsolnai