This study provides a comprehensive and balanced view of the New Age through formal studies and original research. Equal attention is accorded to practices and institutions illustrating the New Age as a concrete, living enterprise, not merely a philosophy. The book offers a thorough study of major writings by British, American and other commentators, detailed ethnographic testimony, and a broad survey of the New Age phenomenon in all its aspects.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2005. 368 pp., 6 tables
Contents: Focusing on the New Age, its central ideas and main qualities – Recent history, the counter-culture, literary influences
– Human Potential Movement – New Age women – Social and demographic characteristics of participants, drug use, paranormal
influences – Levels and categories of participant involvement – Six essential concepts defined – New Age spirituality – Healing
and health, practices, therapists, efficacy – New Age community, politics, economics, ecology – Ethnographic report of a 5-day
healing workshop – The critics, Christian, the academe, Paul Heelas, Christopher Lasch and Ken Wilber – Consistencies and
inconsistencies between the players and critics.