Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality - A Cross-Cultural Analysis
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Provides a critical and differential perspective on “spirituality”
Offers a cross-cultural comparison of religious fields in Germany and the US
Includes biographical analysis, case studies and typology of “spiritual” trajectories
Offers an exemplary practical case of a multi-method study and triangulatory design in the (psychological) study of religion/spirituality
Heinz Streib (M.A. 1977, Tübingen University; Ph.D. 1989, Emory University, Habilitation 1995, Frankfurt University) has established the Research Center for Biographical Studies in Contemporary Religion at the University of Bielefeld and has conducted there a series of empirical studies – several of them in cooperation with Ralph Hood (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga). Streib’s major third-party funded research projects are the following: Fundamentalist Biographies (1996-1998, for an Enquete Commission of the German Parliament), Varieties of Deconversion in the USA and Germany (2002-2005), “Spirituality” in Germany and the USA (2009-2012), Xenophobia and Xenosophia between the Abrahamic Religions (2011-2015) and the study of religious development in longitudinal perspective in the USA and Germany (2014/2015 - current). Other research interests include: Theory and research in religious development in terms of religious styles and schemata, violence and inter-religious prejudice in school and adolescents’ readiness for mediation.
Ralph W. Hood Jr. is professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a former editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and a former co-editor of the Archive for the Psychology of Religion and The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. He is a past president of division 36 of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of its William James award. He has published several hundred articles and numerous book chapters in the psychology of religion and has authored, co-authored or edited fifteen books, all dealing with the psychology of religion.