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A Qualitative Study of the Self in New Age Spirituality Culture

Cuda, John (2013) A Qualitative Study of the Self in New Age Spirituality Culture. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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How does a modern person express spirituality? This study, which includes participant observations and semi-structured interviews of representative groups and individuals, examines a particular concept of self in the practice of an alternative quest (alternative to organized religion) for a culture of spirituality. My analysis will explain how participation in the alternative culture known as “New Age” aligns with an individual concept of self in the context of differing global traditions, religions, and beliefs. The central issue that I will address will be the dynamic of the concept of self in the context of the group in the alternative culture. I will also address the questions of discontent with mainstream society among the subjects of this study, and the forms of spirituality that participation in New Age practices provides.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cuda, Johnjrc@pitt.eduJRC
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBamyeh, Mohammedmab205@pitt.eduMAB205
Committee MemberStaggenborg, Suzannesuzstagg@pitt.eduSUZSTAGG
Committee MemberDuck, Waverlywod1@pitt.eduWOD1
Date: 8 July 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 11 December 2012
Approval Date: 8 July 2013
Submission Date: 24 May 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 50
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: spirituality, New Age, religion, qualitative analysis
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 19:18
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:12


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