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The Postsecular Turn in Education: Lessons from the Mindfulness Movement and the Revival of Confucian Academies
Wu,Jinting1; Wenning,Mario2
2016-11-01
Source PublicationStudies in Philosophy and Education
ISSN0039-3746
Volume35Issue:6Pages:551-571
AbstractIt is part of a global trend today that new relationships are being forged between religion and society, between spirituality and materiality, giving rise to announcements that we live in a ‘postsecular’ or ‘desecularized’ world. Taking up two educational movements, the mindfulness movement in the West and the revival of Confucian education in China, this paper examines what and how postsecular orientations and sensibilities penetrate educational discourses and practices in different cultural contexts. We compare the two movements to reveal a new quality of hybrid modernization in that they react, in different ways, to certain pathologies that are identified as consequences of secular modernity. Burnout syndrome, the sense of a spiritual void, but also the loss of a spiritual and cultural identity are being perceived as correlating to a one-sided push towards a modernity that emphasizes secular rationalization over mindfulness and Westernization over cultural particularity. The two case studies mark a critical insight on the present condition and limits of secularism and highlights the ongoing negotiations of values and modes of self-cultivation in schools. In an increasingly pluralistic world, the entanglement of the secular, spiritual, religious and wisdom traditions provides the opportunity to rethink education as a creative realm and an impossible possibility to re-engage the minds and lives of those in the hybrid pedagogical time.
KeywordConfucian revival Education Mindfulness movement Postsecular turn Secularism
DOI10.1007/s11217-016-9513-8
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Corresponding AuthorWu,Jinting
Affiliation1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Macau,Macau,Room 3004, Building E33, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,Macao
2.Philosophy and Religious Studies ProgramFaculty of Arts and HumanitiesUniversity of Macau,Macau,Room 4092, Building E21, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Wu,Jinting,Wenning,Mario. The Postsecular Turn in Education: Lessons from the Mindfulness Movement and the Revival of Confucian Academies[J]. Studies in Philosophy and Education,2016,35(6):551-571.
APA Wu,Jinting,&Wenning,Mario.(2016).The Postsecular Turn in Education: Lessons from the Mindfulness Movement and the Revival of Confucian Academies.Studies in Philosophy and Education,35(6),551-571.
MLA Wu,Jinting,et al."The Postsecular Turn in Education: Lessons from the Mindfulness Movement and the Revival of Confucian Academies".Studies in Philosophy and Education 35.6(2016):551-571.
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