Earbuds, smartphones, and music. Spiritual care and existential changes in COVID-19 times

Lazzarino, Runa ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4206-4913 and Papadopoulos, Irena ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6291-4332 (2023) Earbuds, smartphones, and music. Spiritual care and existential changes in COVID-19 times. Social Theory & Health . ISSN 1477-8211 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1057/s41285-022-00192-6)

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Rooted in a Durkheimian functionalist reading of religion, in this article, we present and discuss the results of a scoping study of on-line sources on the delivery of spiritual care during the COVID-19 pandemic in England. Spiritual care highlights the bond between healthcare and religion/spirituality, particularly within the growing paradigm of holistic and humane care. Spiritual care is also an area where the importance of the physical presence of receivers and providers is exceptionally important, as a classic anthropological understanding of the religious ritual would maintain. Three themes were found, which speak to changes brought about by the pandemic. These revolve around disembodiment, solitude, and technology in spiritual care, of religious and non-religious nature. A fourth theme encapsulates the ambivalence in the experience of spiritual care delivery, whereby distant and virtual care could only partially compensate for the impossibility of physical presence. On the one hand, we draw from anthropology of the ritual and phenomenology to make the case for the inalienability of intercorporeality in being there for the other. On the other hand, relying on digital religious studies and post-human theories, we argue for an opening up to new ways of conceptualising the body, being there, and being human.
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Item Type: Article
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Keywords (uncontrolled): COVID-19, Phenomenology, Digital technologies, Spirituality/religion, Functionalism, Spiritual care, Intercorporeality, Post-humanism
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 37550
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Social Theory & Health. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Lazzarino, R., Papadopoulos, I. Earbuds, smartphones, and music. Spiritual care and existential changes in COVID-19 times. Soc Theory Health (2023). https://doi.org/10.1057/s41285-022-00192-6 is available online at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41285-022-00192-6.
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2023 16:57
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 12:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/37550

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