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The odyssey experience : physical, social, psychological, and spiritual journeys

Author: Neil J Smelser
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This bold and innovative book traces the phenomenon of the "odyssey" experience as it shapes, informs, and defines our lives. Drawing on an astonishing range of examples, Neil J. Smelser focuses on how such experiences enhance our lives and provide us with meaning and dignity. The odyssey experience, as Smelser advances it, is generic, widespread, and recurring. It is a finite period of disengagement from the  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil J Smelser
ISBN: 9780520258976 0520258975
OCLC Number: 261204369
Description: xiv, 272 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The essentials of the experience --
Autobiographical roots : some personal odysseys --
Religious foundations and their derivatives --
Secularized and commercialized odysseys --
Some miscellaneous, more or less invented experiences --
Some coercive odyssey experiences --
Additional theoretical reflections.
Responsibility: Neil J. Smelser.

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Traces the phenomenon of the 'odyssey' experience as it shapes, informs, and defines our lives. Drawing on a range of examples, this book focuses on how such experiences enhance our lives and provide  Read more...

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"This book displays the integrative capacity and the sweeping vista resulting from a mature scholar's lifetime of learning." Journal American Academy Of Religion/ Jaar 20100712

 
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