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Selling Spirituality : The Silent Takeover of Religion - Jeremy Carrette

Selling Spirituality

The Silent Takeover of Religion

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415302081
Number Of Pages: 208

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From Feng Shui to holistic medicine, from aromatherapy candles to yoga weekends, spirituality is big business. It promises to soothe away the angst of modern living and to offer an antidote to shallow materialism.

Selling Spirituality is a short, sharp, attack on this fallacy. It shows how spirituality has in fact become a powerful commodity in the global marketplace - a cultural addiction that reflects orthodox politics, curbs self-expression and colonizes Eastern beliefs.
Exposing how spirituality has today come to embody the privatization of religion in the modern West, Jeremy Carrette and Richard King reveal the people and brands who profit from this corporate hijack, and explore how spirituality can be reclaimed as a means of resistance to capitalism and its deceptions.

'This book is a long-needed, highly insightful critique of the spiritual supermarket, site of the prostitution of spirituality for personal profit and corporate gain. Jeremy Carrette and Richard King have provided a powerful indictment of the corporate exploitation of 'the spiritual,' using advertising and the media to distort the ethical and philosophical teachings of the world religious traditions to buttress their control of the minds of the people they wish to dominate as their loyal consumers. Serious students and teachers of spiritual thought or practice are well-advised to cultivate their self-critical alertness and hone their critical insight with the help of this hard-edged and illuminating book.' - Robert Thurman, Columbia University, USA

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Spirituality and the Re-Branding of Religion
A Brief History of Spirituality
Western Psychology and the Politics of Spirituality
Spirituality and the Privatisation of Asian Wisdom Traditions
Selling the Soul: The Business of Spirituality
Conclusion: Spirituality and Resistance
Challenging the Corporate Takeover
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ISBN: 9780415302081
ISBN-10: 0415302080
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 16th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.13 x 15.7  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1