VU theologian Srdjan Sremac publishes new book Lived Religion, Conversion and Recovery: Negotiating of Self, the Social, and the Sacred

A better understanding of the negotiating of self, the social, and the Sacred.

05/01/2020 | 10:42 AM

The central theme of the book is the nexus between the self, the social, and the sacred in conversion and recovery. The contributions explore the complex interactions that occur between the person, the sacred, and various recovery situations, which can include prisons, substance abuse recovery settings and domestic violence shelters. The publication Lived Religion, Conversion and Recovery is edited by Srdjan Sremac rom the faculty Religion and Theology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Ines W. Jindra from the department of Sociology and Social Work at Gordon College, USA.
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The volume includes contributions from a vast range of authors in various academic fields such as sociology, anthropology, religious studies and psychology. It provides a framework for understanding the everyday, embodied and performative aspects of conversion, recovery, and lived religious subjectivities. Sremac: “Moreover, this publication addresses the gaps in existing literature on the relationship between the self, the social and the sacred in recovery, from a lived religion perspective.”

Better understanding
With an interdisciplinary approach to the study of conversion, the collection provides an opportunity for a better understanding of lived religion, guilt, shame, hope, forgiveness, narrative identity reconstruction, religious coping, religious conversion and spiritual transformation. This volume will be of interest to scholars and students of lived religion, religious conversion, recovery, homelessness, and substance dependence.

About the authors
Srdjan Sremac is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Religion and Theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Co-Director of the Amsterdam Center for the Study of Lived Religion at the same university. 

Ines W. Jindra is Associate Professor of Social Work in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Gordon College, and also Visiting Scholar at the Boisi Center at Boston College, USA.