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    STUDIA SOCIOLOGIA - Issue no. 2 / 2016  
         
  Article:   ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF SPIRITUALITY AND THE SOCIALIZATION OF A SELF-ENHANCING SUBJECTIVITY: FEATURES OF THE POST-SECULAR RELIGIOUS SPACE IN CONTEMPORARY ROMANIA.

Authors:  SORIN GOG.
 
       
         
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My paper focuses on the shift in religious values in post-socialist Romania and explores the emergence of alternative spiritual beliefs and practices among the younger generations socialized during the post-communist period. It analyses some of the changes that occurred in the wider traditional religious field and looks at the various spiritualized technologies of the self that produce a distinctive type of religious subjectivity and an immanent ethics of authenticity. By departing from the idea of an integrated religious community and from the relational understanding of religious transformation, the field of alternative spiritualities operates a radical break with traditional religion and emphasizes the possibility of spiritual self-realization and self-discovery. It is this process of the individualizing sacralization of the self that constitutes the object of various workshops, blogs, personal and spiritual development literature, courses, spiritual retreats and counselling services. My research looks at how innovative technologies of the self are developed within these spaces that emphasize creativity, wellbeing and a new understanding of subjective interiority that learns how to find in itself the resources it needs to live in a spiritualized ontology of the present.

Keywords: religion, alternative spiritualities, spiritual subjectivity
 
         
     
         
         
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