Paul Heelas

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Paul Lauchlan Faux Heelas (born 1946) is a British sociologist and anthropologist. He is noted for work in the field of spirituality, religion and modernity, with special reference to 'New Age' spiritualities of life. Recent publications and current research explore 'the sacred' and 'the secular'; transgressions of the secular (idealization, vitalization); 'life force', CAM, and 'spiritual humanism' (including 'third force' Sufism).

Heelas was educated at St Catherine's College, Oxford (BA Geography; Diploma, with Distinction, in Social Anthropology) and Exeter College, Oxford (DPhil Anthropology).

Heelas has served as Professor in Religion and Modernity, Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, and as Senior Research Professor in the Sociology of Contemporary Spirituality, Department of Sociology, CROCUS research group, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Heelas has spent over three years devoted to intensive field research: Nepal (Sherpa religion), London (Programmes Ltd and Exegesis), Brazil (holistic Rio de Janeiro), India ('New Age' Madras and environs), Pakistan ('New Age' Islamabad and environs). He has lived for over six years in Nepal, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Uganda,and Pakistan.

Heelas has helped found two journals: the Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford and Cultural Values [now the Journal for Cultural Research].

Major research projects

Study of Exegesis and Programmes Ltd ('The Business of Transformation and the Transformation of Business')

The Kendal Project ('Patterns of the Sacred in Contemporary Society')

The Burnley Project (See Andrew Holden Religious Cohesion in Times of Conflict: Christian-Muslim Relations in Segregated Towns (2009))


Major Publications (volumes)

A trilogy of volumes exploring 'alternative', inner-life spiritualities:

A study of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh/Osho's path:

Spirituality in the Modern World:

Cultural selves (spirituality/religion):


Spirituality/religion; culture/society:

Selected essays

Transgressing the secular

'Emotions'

Healing/wellbeing

Business

Consumption

Socializing subjectivities

References

Curriculum Vitae (http://www.paulheelas.co.uk) Google Scholar Publish or Perish

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