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Wrestling with Tradition

Reconstructing Jewish Community through Negotiating Shared Purpose

Chantal Tetreault

actively negotiate a shared purpose. I argue that through these public interactional negotiations, congregants of B'nai Israel not only co-construct and (re)create spiritual community in the absence of a shared putative faith in God or shared practice of

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Ayala Fader

defining religious/spiritual communities at all (Hillewaert, Elisha). The majority of the communities discussed probably fit most comfortably in scholarship on new religious movements or New Age scholarship (Elisha). What links these contributions is a

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Communities Reimagining Sharedness in Belief and Practice

Sarah Hillewaert and Chantal Tetreault

either as contributing to community building or as indicative of shared purpose across differences. The theoretical and ethnographic thread is therefore a reconsideration of the notion of sharedness often assumed to be at the core of (spiritual) community

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A UK Psychologist's Reflections on the First Year of the COVID-19 Lockdown

Can We Talk about a Jewish Experience?

Nikki Scheiner

individual solitude, we are a spiritual community. Some cultural life flourished throughout COVID-19 thanks to the internet. Although live theatre was suspended, other arts were successful in expanding or moving (temporarily) online. The 2020 innovative

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Discourses, Bodies, and Questions of Sharedness in Kenya's Wellness Communities

Sarah M. Hillewaert

these engagements beyond seemingly more evident exoticism or ‘voluntourism’. This article contemplates the different discursive constructions of sharedness that underlie the flourishing of alternative lifestyle or spiritual communities in Eastern

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Dangerous speculation

The appeal of pyramid schemes in rural Siberia

Leonie Schiffauer

calculative reason and the desire for big money that draws people into pyramid schemes, but so does the prospect of becoming part of a spiritual community (cf. Cahn 2011 , who made the same point with regard to MLM companies). Imagining wealth

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Individualization and Ethnopedagogy at Small Elementary Schools

Components of Vocational Training for University Tutors

Nikolai Neustroev, Anna Neustroeva, Tuyaara Shergina, and Jenanne K. Ferguson

of the peoples of the Russian Federation; the strengthening of their spiritual community; and the protection of the rights of indigenous and national minorities to learn in their native language and develop their ethnic culture—all of which begins

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Book Reviews

Steven Brooke, Dafne Accoroni, Olga Ulturgasheva, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Eugenia Roussou, Francesco Vacchiano, Jeffrey D. Howison, Susan Greenwood, Yvonne Daniel, Joana Bahia, Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Charles Lincoln Vaughan, Katrien Pype, and Linda van de Kamp

construction, decoration, and placement that was standardized through photography by Hortensia and her spiritual community descendants. This involved, for example, the use of translucent lighting within altars, mirrors and satin or similar materials that

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Jack Hunter, Annelin Eriksen, Jon Mitchell, Mattijs van de Port, Magnus Course, Nicolás Panotto, Ruth Barcan, David M. R. Orr, Girish Daswani, Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Sofía Ugarte, Ryan J. Cook, Bettina E. Schmidt, and Mylene Mizrahi

Haiti, Rocha portrays in her ethnography the transnational spiritual community around the Brazilian faith healer known as John of God. As Rocha outlines from the start, John of God and his growing community of followers present a perfect case study for a

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Spiritual Dimensions in Exploring the Human-Geosphere Relationship under a Values-Based Approach in Lake Turgoyak, Southern Urals, Russia

Francesc Bellaubi

). The geosphere supports the living matter but also generates life in a social, cultural, and spiritual community sense, and the expression of its multiple manifestations in terms of rivers, lakes, and mountains may be considered as common beings