The evolution of spirituality and religion in international social work discourse: Strengths and limitations of the contemporary understanding

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    Abstract

    As the profession’s interest in spirituality and religion has grown, new understandings of these two constructs have emerged. As in other areas of academic discourse, it is important to be informed about diverse understandings. Toward this end, the present article describes the emergence of the contemporary understanding of spirituality and religion in social work discourse and, perhaps more importantly, the strengths and limitations associated with the contemporary perspective. By illuminating some of the diverse arguments in favor of and against contemporary conceptualizations, the profession is better equipped to understand and work with these concepts in a professional and ethical manner.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3-23
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
    Volume37
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

    Keywords

    • definitions
    • religion
    • social work discourse
    • spirituality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Religious studies
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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