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Anita Neudorfer

Singing as cultural practice. Recent singing movements from a resonance-theoretical perspective

The overlapping field of singing, healing and therapy is booming. The relation of voice and healing is not only thematized in the field of modern spirituality (e.g. soundhealing, mantra singing), in the sector of sparetime and education (choir-workshops “singing as in heaven”) or as an offer of churches (e.g. sing and pray with Taizé), it gets also increased access in medical-therapeutical contexts (“meridian singing”, “Singing Hospitals”).

To observe is an understanding and a new entanglement of body, religion and health as well as (religious) self organisation and collectivization. In view of these processes of collectivization, a central question arises, how voice, healing and community produce new religious “realities”? What impact has this “reality” on the perception and the acting of the individuals? What role gets “singing”? What role has the often stated acceleration and aesthetisation and singularitaion of late modernity for the popularization of recent singing movements?

In the methodological frame of Grounded Theory (Charmaz 2006, 2011) and interpretative organization research qualitative-empirical data are collected through multiperspective interviews, group discussions and artefact analysis. The background of the discourse analysis which will be established are in the fields of phenomenological sociology of religion, religious studies and social studies.

With the theory of resonance (Rosa, 2016) as heuristic tool, the project aims to illuminate the latemodern coexistence of religious and secular discourses through the case study of sense-orientated singing movements. The interlocking of qualitative-empirical research and theories targets to enlighten innerreligious dynamics, processes of institutionalization as well as biographically and historical contexts of the phenomenon. This study wants therefor to contribute to a differentiated research on ne forms of religions. The somatizatione of the religious, interpreted as a therapeutical and sense-oriented term of religion has to be explored regarding the recent boom of rediscovered and refomulated healing- and therapy work as a keyword for a proper understanding of society in the age of an accelerated modernity.

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