Multiculturalism and the Convergence of Faith and Practical Wisdom in Modern Society

Multiculturalism and the Convergence of Faith and Practical Wisdom in Modern Society

Ana-Maria Pascal (Regent's University London, UK)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: December, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 397|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1955-3
ISBN13: 9781522519553|ISBN10: 1522519556|EISBN13: 9781522519560


Religion is considered by many to be something of the past, but it has a lasting hold in society and influences people across many cultures. This integration of spirituality causes numerous impacts across various aspects of modern life.

Multiculturalism and the Convergence of Faith and Practical Wisdom in Modern Society is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly research on the cultural, sociological, economic, and philosophical effects of religion on modern society and human behavior. Featuring extensive coverage across a range of relevant perspectives and topics, such as social reforms, national identity, and existential spirituality, this publication is ideally designed for theoreticians, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, advanced-level students and sociologists.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Diaspora
  • Existential Spirituality
  • Homosexuality and Spirituality
  • National Identity
  • Religious Art
  • Religious Converts
  • Social Economics
  • Social Reforms
  • Women and Religion

Reviews and Testimonials

With a unique insight and sense of purpose, this book engages with the most important issue of our time: how to find balance, wisdom and civility in the way we live and manage ourselves today? How can the best of traditional wisdom be accessed in a distracted techno-culture like ours? Religion and spirituality, the individual and society, cultures that have long been at odds but are now thrown together in the reduced space and time continuum of modernity — all these are part of the mix of the dilemmas of modernity. It needs the diversity of views, along with the balance of detail and generality that this illuminating collection of viewpoints affords, to approach this immense global challenge not with dread but hope and with the relish that accompanies any expansion of awareness or encounter with new ideas. For any student or organisation engaging with these questions of meaning this book will be an invaluable guide and companion.

– Laurence Freeman, OSB, The World Community for Christian Meditation, USA

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Ana-Maria Pascal is Principal Lecturer at Regent’s University London. She has a twofold background – in continental philosophy and international business. She has taught philosophy and business modules for over fifteen years. Her practical experience includes policy-work on corporate accountability, health and safety law enforcement and migrant workers’ rights, as UK Director at the Centre for Corporate Accountability (2006 – 2009). Since 2010, Dr Pascal has been the leader of an international Corporate Responsibility Network ( Her current research interestsfocus on business ethics, hermeneutics, and issues of nomadic identity. She co-edited a book on European Developments in Corporate Criminal Liability (with James Gobert, Routledge 2011) and was interviewed for a documentary on corporate responsibility in the UK v Japan for NHK Japan, April 2013. She is currently writing a book aboutstorytelling and the role of philosophy in cross-disciplinary studies.