"Fuzziness" or Semantic Diversification? Insights about the Semantics of "Spirituality" in Cross-Cultural Comparison

Hood RW, Streib H (2016)
In: Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis. Streib H, Hood RW (Eds);Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing Switzerland: 153-161.

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Our study of the semantics of spirituality (Chapters 5-9) employs a va-riety of methods in an effort to explore the binary spiritual/religious. While some have argued for a distinction between spirituality and religion, largely for a priori theoretical perspectives, our research explores the semantics of spirituality using self-report, semantic differential, implicit, and ideographic methods that cut across the etic/emic distinctions. While we did not directly test explicit hypotheses, we did explore distinctions between religion and spirituality based upon our own view that spirituality is not a concept that can be studied in isolation from religion. The full impact of our investigation supports this claim and sustains the conclusion that studying spirituality divorced from religion is not a meaningful way to advance our knowledge of spirituality which is in essence privatized or implicit religion. Furthermore, we conclude that the concept of spirituality can be meaningfully measured as a multidimensional construct of ten lower order factors or facets and three higher order factors that allow for an assessment both vertical and horizontal transcendence that is differentially located within the binary spiritual/religious.
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Hood RW, Streib H. "Fuzziness" or Semantic Diversification? Insights about the Semantics of "Spirituality" in Cross-Cultural Comparison. In: Streib H, Hood RW, eds. Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis. Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing Switzerland; 2016: 153-161.
Hood, R. W., & Streib, H. (2016). "Fuzziness" or Semantic Diversification? Insights about the Semantics of "Spirituality" in Cross-Cultural Comparison. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood (Eds.), Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis (pp. 153-161). Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
Hood, R. W., and Streib, H. (2016). “"Fuzziness" or Semantic Diversification? Insights about the Semantics of "Spirituality" in Cross-Cultural Comparison” in Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis, ed. H. Streib and R. W. Hood (Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing Switzerland), 153-161.
Hood, R.W., & Streib, H., 2016. "Fuzziness" or Semantic Diversification? Insights about the Semantics of "Spirituality" in Cross-Cultural Comparison. In H. Streib & R. W. Hood, eds. Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis. Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing Switzerland, pp. 153-161.
R.W. Hood and H. Streib, “"Fuzziness" or Semantic Diversification? Insights about the Semantics of "Spirituality" in Cross-Cultural Comparison”, Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis, H. Streib and R.W. Hood, eds., Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2016, pp.153-161.
Hood, R.W., Streib, H.: "Fuzziness" or Semantic Diversification? Insights about the Semantics of "Spirituality" in Cross-Cultural Comparison. In: Streib, H. and Hood, R.W. (eds.) Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis. p. 153-161. Springer International Publishing Switzerland, Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht (2016).
Hood, Ralph W., and Streib, Heinz. “"Fuzziness" or Semantic Diversification? Insights about the Semantics of "Spirituality" in Cross-Cultural Comparison”. Semantics and Psychology of "Spirituality". A Cross-cultural Analysis. Ed. Heinz Streib and Ralph W. Hood. Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 2016. 153-161.
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