Stefania Palmisano's research while affiliated with Università degli Studi di Torino and other places

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Historically, there has be a close relationship between the nursing services and spiritual care provision to patients, arising due to the evolvement of many hospitals and nursing programmes from faith-based institutions and religious order nursing. With increasing secularism, these relationships are less entwined. Nonetheless, as nurses typically e...
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The intention of this study based on analysis of the series of European Value Study (1990, 1999, 2009 and 2018) is to investigate, using a comparative, diachronic approach, the relationship between modernization and the gender gap in religiosity in Italy. In line with the theoretical perspective which valorizes the role of culture in explaining thi...
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Based on an online survey conducted in January 2018 at the University of Turin, the article examines the relationship between young people and spirituality, with particular reference to those who identify themselves as «spiritual but not religious» (SNR). The results of the research reveal that the interpretations of the notion of spirituality are...
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Our case study is the Federation of Damanhur, one of the most long-lived spiritual communities in Europe, located in Catholic Italy. Every year, Damanhur hosts thousands of visitors who experience the community thanks to daily tours, weekly stays and seminars. These visitors can be simply curious, sympathizers or spiritual seekers. In this paper we...
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Catholic women against Churchsplaining. Catholic women's movements, networks and initiatives have a long history of advocating for an equal role in the Church-especially in the North American world. In recent years, their presence and visibility has been increasing in Europe too, also in relation to a series of initiatives and events, such as the M...
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This article analyses, from a sociological point of view, the relationship between the religious and economic dimensions of one of the most long-lived spiritual communities in Europe, the Damanhur Federation. It investigates this nexus, starting from the criticism of one of the most recent theoretical-analytical models in the study of the economics...
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The aim of this article is to present the results of a sociological study on everyday life within a female cloistered monastery. This is a radical form of religious life, highly routinised, distanced from the outside world and conducted in community yet in almost total silence. By elaborating upon the concepts of everyday and lived religion, the sc...
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Many studies have shown that women are more religious than men, a difference long accepted as an established fact in the sociology of religion. But some recent research has revealed that this difference is not ‘universal’, varying in space and time. However, only a few scholars have focused on religiosity gender-gap trends over time, either on the...
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This chapter presents an analysis of the esoteric spiritual community of Damanhur where, since 1975, an alternative urban reality has been recreated from scratch in an Alpine valley close to Turin. The community is analysed as a peculiar case of a micro-urban setting and as a case study for ‘alternative’ global urbanism. On the one hand, the produc...
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The aim of this article is to reflect on the spirituality concept which, although part of international sociological debate for about three decades, has still not become central to Italian empirical studies. Based on an analytical survey of this debate, we argue the heuristic usefulness of the spirituality concept in order to understand forms of re...
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This article has a twofold aim. The first is to examine relations between women and religion in Italy in order to discover whether women contribute to the process of Italian secularisation as described in the literature. The second is to explore relations between secularisation and secularism among Italian women. Our main theme is that the women’s...
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This chapter focuses on the creativity—sacred binomial. A review of reflections on the creativity concept testifies to its original religious root—from Greek myths and philosophy to Romantic ideas of how imagination works—and the processual and social characterisation highlighted by recent psychological and sociological theories. The creative dimen...
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This short chapter critically evaluates the invention-of-tradition and syncretism concepts on the basis of ethnographic research findings gathered in the book. Taken together, these findings point to religion as a fundamental source for the elaboration of symbolism which is culturally influential for society. The contemporary sacred, cut loose from...
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This article explores the dynamics of success in a monastery and its consequences for monastic life, regarding both internal organization and relations with the outside world. The opportunity to reflect on these topics comes from events taking place in Bose (Piedmont, Italy), one of the best-known and most lively NMCs in Europe. Based on field rese...
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In sociological discussion the relationship between traditional religion and alternative spirituality has been variously defined on the basis of two main theoretical positions which perceive them as either mutually exclusive – according to the ‘spiritual but not religious’ formula – or as interdependent. This debate, mostly taking place in Northern...
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This book explores manifestations of creativity in the religious domain. Specifically, the contributions focus on the nexus of the sacred and the creative, and the mechanisms of syncretism and (re)invention of tradition by which this manifestations occur. The text is divided into two sections. In the first, empirical cases of spirituality charact...
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L’interesse verso il tema “Donne, Religioni, Relazioni di Genere” ha acquisito risonanza soprattutto a partire dalla metà degli anni ’90 in Europa e, più recentemente, anche in Italia, sviluppandosi al di fuori dei confini disciplinari della sociologia della religione e degli studi di genere. Tre fattori hanno contribuito, in particolare, al riemer...
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The Damanhur Federation, situated in Valchiusella, Piedmont, Italy, is one of the most structured and long-lived esoteric communities in Europe. Beginning with a reconstruction of its history and organizational changes, from its foundation in 1975 to the present, this article aims to analyse how—by means of exoteric initiatives of a social nature,...
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Half-way along the continuum linking religious and secular organizations can be found quasi-religious organizations, an example of hybridization characterized by the concurrence of commercial activity and symbolic practices connected with an implicitly religious dimension. Amway Corporation (a company operating in the direct-selling sector) is a re...

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... Nurses' increased awareness of the usefulness of spirituality for health through training and experience in caring for patients who express their spiritual needs (Timmins et al., 2022) mobilizes them to provide spiritual and pastoral care to patients and is now becoming more common and timely. However, a good understanding of spirituality and spiritual care is needed to provide effective support. ...
... Finally, the respondents' sex was considered to control for its possible impact on the association between God's perceived engagement/disengagement and the dimensions of forgiveness. Many studies have suggested that in Western cultures, women generally tend to be more religious than men (Walter and Davie 1998;Schnabel 2016;Palmisano and Todesco 2019). The variable of the participants' sex was entered at Step 1. God's engagement/disengagement and POS were entered at Step 2. ...
... Isogaisa provides a window to the processes of ritual creativity, which Magliocco (2014, p. 1) has defined as "the self-conscious crafting of new rituals, or the reinterpretation of existing ones, with the expressly subversive purpose of bringing about cultural change, in the context of both mainstream religions and new religious movements". Creativity can include both invention of traditions and merging and fusion of traditions (Palmisano and Nicola 2017). ...
... It has been exemplified in the form of monastery stays, holistic retreats, and even spiritual pilgrimages in modern times (Heintzman, 2013;Smith & Kelly, 2006). Increasing awareness is related to individuals' desires to retreat to a monastery or to undertake a pilgrimage journey for the purpose of healing (Gilli & Palmisano, 2016;Kim et al., 2016). These individuals are not necessarily motivated by specific religious convictions but more by a yearning for spiritual connection, mental restoration, and a sense of peace. ...
... In discussions of monographic studies a separate place is occupied by studies of the so-called new monastic communities, e.g. the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem, or the Bose Monastic Community (e.g. Wittberg 1996a;Baudouin, Portier 2002;Landron 2004;Palmisano 2013Palmisano , 2014Palmisano , 2015Palmisano , 2017Sweeney 1994;Ponzetti 2014). The development of these communities was connected with the Second Vatican Council. ...
... The goal of this article is to develop an argument that simultaneously accounts for the religious character of the respondents' religiosity and religious belonging and their spiritual commitments. According to the 'spiritual but not religious' formula of the contemporary Northern European and North American sociological debate (Marler and Hadaway 2002;Swatos and Giordan 2011;Ammerman 2013Ammerman , 2014aPalmisano and Nicola 2017), the 'religion' and 'spiritual' categories should be treated as interdependent but mutually exclusive (Heelas et al. 2004) in that religion implicitly refers to institutional organizations characterized by an official doctrine expressed through belief systems and rituals systematically arranged, while spirituality focuses on the empowerment of actors who do not refer necessarily to a set of meanings within a system of belief (Pace 2011, p. 23). The argument of such sociological theorizing relies on the idea of a lasting secularization process, which, in the Japanese case, can find supporting evidence in the majority of people who claim to be without religion (mushūkyō), because they do not identify themselves as members of one particular religious group. 2 Although some scholars do observe an increasing secularization among the Japanese population (Reader 2012), others point to a lively expansion of spiritual practices in many settings of everyday life-from professional (Komatsu 2017;Gaitanidis 2012) to social (Horie 2010) and even during leisure time (Satō 2004). ...
... Damanhur's historical development meaningfully evolved through different periods and dynamics which cannot be fully described here (for wider reviews, see Berzano, 1998;Cardano, 1997;Introvigne, 1999;Pace, 2000;Palmisano & Pannofino, 2014). We briefly relate the most important events in the history of the community, which can be divided into four phases. ...
... Following Bailey's pioneering study of the interior life of a British public house, the implicit religion of secular activities has been operationalised in diverse ways, including, for example, the practice of football (French 2002), cultural commitments (Lord 2008), the practice of belly dancing (Kraus 2009), the personality cult of Prince (Till 2010), American commercial sales organisations (Palmisano & Pannofino 2013), celebrity worship (Aruguete et al. 2014), fly-fishing (Fife 2017), knitting (Fisk 2017), straight-edge punk (Stewart 2017), consumerism (Kurenlahti & Salonen 2018), belief in science (Francis, Astley & McKenna 2018), environmentalism (McCalman 2019), High profile (and controversial) events and installations, like the Helter-Skelter in Norwich and the Crazy Golf Bridges in Rochester, have drawn attention to innovation and public engagement within Anglican cathedrals. The present study contextualised these innovations both empirically and conceptually. ...