The "New Age Movement" represents one of the most fascinating responses to the defects and potentialities of modern times.
In his ground-breaking work, Paul Heelas traces the growth and development of the Movement, identifies some of its key characteristics,
and provides a critical perspective. This unique and extensively documented volume provides a balanced treatment of New Age
'celebration of the self', and situates it within the broader cultural context for the first time.It shows how the New Age
is ambivalently related to modernity, offering both a radical spiritual alternative to the mainstream and a celebration of
some of the characteristics features of modern life. Heelas thus views the New Age both as an alternative counter cultural
movement and as a spirituality of our times. The volume, with it clarity of form and its critique of conventional opinion,
serves as an excellent starting point and mature contribution to the study of contemporary spirituality.
This will be
a core text for courses on the Sociolofy of Religion, and should be of enormous interest to all those concerned with the study
of culture and the utopian; anthropologists of modernity; historians of oppositional movements; theology students and clergy;
and the New Age activists alike.