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The Odyssey Experience : Physical, Social, Psychological, and Spiritual Journeys.

Author: Neil J Smelser
Publisher: CA : University of California Press, 2009.
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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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smelser, Neil J.
Odyssey Experience : Physical, Social, Psychological, and Spiritual Journeys.
CA : University of California Press, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neil J Smelser
ISBN: 9780520943421 0520943422
OCLC Number: 773565077
Description: 1 online resource (287 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; 1. The Essentials of the Experience; 2. Autobiographical Roots: Some Personal Odysseys; 3. Religious Foundations and Their Derivatives; 4. Secularized and Commercialized Odysseys; 5. Some Miscellaneous, More or Less Invented Experiences; 6. Some Coercive Odyssey Experiences; 7. Additional Theoretical Reflections; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z.

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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 routines of life and immersion into a simpler, transitory, often collective, usually intense period of involvement that culminates in some kind of regeneration. By examining a variety of.

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