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Lifestyles And Religion

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The purpose of this chapter is to point out the usefulness of the concept of lifestyle even for the analysis of new spiritualities. This requires going beyond the two sociological models that have always been used to analyse lifestyles: the deterministic models that consider lifestyles as social forms depending on the economic stratification and on the ascribed cultural structure to which they belong, as well as the models considering lifestyles solely as consumption indicators and immediately depending on them. The chapter proposes two hypotheses. The former hypothesis indicates that some types of lifestyles are a whole of practices that are not produced according to top down models, but rather according to horizontal models. The latter hypothesis of the chapter indicates that the lifestyles represent the specific social form of some new forms of spirituality.

Keywords: Catholic religion; horizontal models; spirituality lifestyles



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