Ramener l'âme, la partager

Authors: Hirsch, Sivane
Advisor: Guay, Frédéric; Maffesoli, Michel
Abstract: Spirituality is omnipresent in the public space. The different activities that promote it (meditation, retreats, etc.), the numerous books that explain it (written by the Dalai-Lama or Paolo Coello), the introduction of its vocabulary in the daily language (“stay Zen”), show that spirituality has its place in contemporary societies imaginary. However, spirituality does not have a clear definition. Few are the researches that try to understand the nature of spirituality, even less study its signification for those who live it. Its popularity among youth is significant, since it encourages its installation in the contemporary imaginary. In this thesis, we first study university students’ definition of spirituality, their daily experience of it and its influence on the way they understand their place in society. We have interviewed 31 university students of different faculties in three different societies (Quebec, France, Israel). Our results show that spirituality is viewed as a personal and individual quest of meaning: its nine components will be examined. We then study the part that spiritual practices play in their daily lives. Finally, we describe the way spirituality affects the students’ social and family interactions, their personal future and their society. Indeed, it is because spirituality is shared and no longer a solitary experience, that it becomes the essence of today’s communities. It also proposes a possible response to the search of meaning that touches more and more contemporary societies.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2008
Open Access Date: 16 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/21157
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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