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Becoming A New Ager: A Conversion, An Affiliation, A Fashion?

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This chapter examines about questions, how can we define entering the New Age? Is it a new conversion, when New Agers go from one group to another? Is there such a thing as a global conversion to the New Age? Is the latter a form of spirituality without conversion? Is it a path without any culminating experience? Anxious to put in order the profusion of definitions for conversion, Blasi suggests that we subsume all definitions of conversion, except for changes of merely nominal affiliation. The New Age perhaps is a place where one adheres successively or simultaneously to ideas or practices put forward on a market in constant evolution, in which some trends seem to be a craze, which gives the impression that people join to keep riding the wave of fashion.

Keywords: affiliation; conversion; fashion; New Agers; spirituality

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