Spirituality, Organization and Neoliberalism
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Spirituality, Organization and Neoliberalism

Understanding Lived Experiences

Edited by Emma Bell, Sorin Gog, Anca Simionca and Scott Taylor

This book brings together analyses from across the social sciences to develop an interdisciplinary approach to understanding spiritualities and neoliberalism. It traces the lived experience of social actors as they engage with new and alternative spiritualities in neoliberal contexts. The purpose of the book is to provide specific insights into how neo-liberalism is resisted, contested or reproduced through a transformative ethic of spiritual self-realization.
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Chapter 5: The commodification of re-sacralised work in the neoliberal era

Tom Vine

Abstract

In 2010–11, I spent just over a year living and working in a New Age commune in Scotland, known as the Findhorn Foundation. While work at Findhorn is certainly a form of economic activity, it represents an extraordinary reversal of economic orthodoxy; the direction of monetary exchange is inverted and so participant-visitors pay to work for them. Findhorn’s mantra is Work is love in action! From one perspective, this invites a cynical interpretation. From another, however, that participants willingly pay to do this work suggests there is something about the work itself that they are attracted to; something which is lacking in their routine daily work practices. Work at Findhorn appears to be re-sacralised; a tonic for its conventional and de-sacralised rendering under neoliberalism. But, of course, there is a tension between this apparent re-sacralisation and its evident commodification, a tension which finds empirical echoes elsewhere in the literature.

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