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The Odyssey Experience [electronic resource] :Physical, Social, Psychological, and Spiritual Journeys.

By: Smelser, Neil J.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: CA : University of California Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (287 p.).ISBN: 9780520943421 (electronic bk.); 0520943422 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Psychology | Insight | Introspection | Life change events | Vision quests | Pilgrims and pilgrimages | Voyages and travels | PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General | Insight | Introspection | Life change events | Pilgrims and pilgrimages | Vision quests | Voyages and travelsGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.DDC classification: 155.9 | 155.9 Online resources: EBSCOhost
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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.
Summary: 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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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.

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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