Deconversion and “Spirituality”—Migrations in the Religious Field

  • Heinz StreibEmail author
  • Ralph W. HoodJr.
  • Barbara Keller


The Bielefeld-based Cross-cultural Study on “Spirituality” has been inspired by the previous Bielefeld-based Cross-cultural Study on Deconversion . In this chapter we review this previous study and highlight the open questions and desiderata for the present study. Linking the two research perspectives implies the interesting question: Does “spirituality” and biographical development toward “spirituality” involve processes of deconversion ? Because both are changes in the religious field that are associated with the “spiritual” self-attribution, our model of the religious field may help to understand this link. Where is privatized, experience-oriented religion located in the religious field?


Deconversion Semantics of spirituality Spirituality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz Streib
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ralph W. HoodJr.
    • 2
  • Barbara Keller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.University of TennesseeChattanoogaUSA

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