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Personal and Spiritual Development in Contemporary Romania: In Search of Ambivalence

Development and the Flexible Contracts: Depoliticized Class Struggles between Highly Skilled Workers and Manual Workers in Cluj . Retrieved from Simionca, A. (2015). The Precariousness of the Employable. Highly Skilled Professionals in Contemporary Romania . Retrieved from Ten Bos, R.; Rhodes, C. (2003). The game of exemplarity: subjectivity, work and the

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Social Disparities in the Regional Development and Policies of Romania

Transformation with Community Capitals Framework. Community Development, 37(1):19-35. EUROSTAT (2010) European regional and urban statistics. Reference guide, European Commission. Golopenţia, A. [1939] (1999) Gradul de modernizare al regiunilor rurale ale României, în Sociologie Românească 1939, 4-6:209-217, republicat în Golopenţia, A. (1999) Opere Complete. Vol. II. Statistică, Demografie şi Geopolitică. Bucureşti: Editura Enciclopedică, Editura Univers Enciclopedic. Lutz, W. (1995) Literate Life Expectancy. POPNET 26 (Winter): 1-5. Laxenburg, Austria

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I Am Worthy, I Want, and I Can: The Social Implications of Practicing Personal Development

). Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty . Durham and London: Duke University Press. Ong, A. (1999). Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality . Durham and London: Duke University Press. Ong, A. (1987). Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory Women in Malaysia . New York: SUNY Press. Pazderic, N. (2013). “Recovering True Selves in the Electro-Spiritual Field of Universal Love.” Cultural Anthropology , 19(2): 196–225. Puttick, E. 2000. “Personal Development: The Spiritualisation and

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Analysing social networks in rural development: a gender approach

continuum de movilidad como hipótesis explicativa de la masculinización rural’. In Revista Española de investigaciones Sociológicas (REIS) , Nº 124, 73-105 pp. Chiritescu, V., Ruxandra, A.D., Mihaela, K. (2015) ‘The role of youth in sustainable development of Romanian rural communities’. Romanian Economic and Business Review , 10 (2), pp. 183-196. Chung, K., Hossain, L. and Davis, J. (2005) Exploring Sociocentric and Egocentric Approaches for Social Network Analysis . International Conference on Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific, Wellington, New Zeeland

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Innovation Policy as a New Development Driver of the Regions in Slovakia: Does Activity of Regional Self-government Matter?

References Aralica, Z., D. Račić and D. Redžepagić (2008) ‘Research and development activity as a growth factor of foreign owned SMEs in selected Central and Eastern European countries’. Zbornik Radova Ekonomskog Fakulteta u Rijeci , 26(2):279-300. Baláž, V. (2004) ‘Trendy v regionálnom vývoji Slovenskej republiky: ekonomická teória a prax’. Ekonomický časopis , 52(7):783-800. Bavec, C. (2009) ‘On the creative climate and innovativeness at the country level’. Zbornik Radova Ekonomskog Fakulteta u Rijeci , 27(1):9-30. Bezák, A. (1990

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Gender and Migration-Driven Changes in Rural Eastern Romania. Migrants’ Perspectives

References Anghel, R. G. (2010) ‚International migrations: A panacea for local development or an impediment? A study of recent social changes in a Romanian town with strong emigration’. Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest , 41(4):73-96. Bartram, D. (2010) ‚The normative foundations of ‚policy implications’: reflections on international labour migration’. Work, employment and society , 24(2): 355-365. Bélanger, D., and T.G. Linh, (2011) ‚The impact of transnational migration on gender and marriage in sending communities of Vietnam’, Current

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Steps on Life Change and Spiritual Transformation: The Project of the Self


The aim of the present paper is to analyse how individuals in contemporary Romania come to adopt a new life-style centred on the self and how new forms of spirituality contribute to this project. In order to document how powerfully immersed alternative forms of spirituality (yoga practices, transcendental meditation, bioenergy, holistic medicine etc.) and subjectification techniques (personal development, motivational practices) look like for people in Romania, I have combined participant observations with semi-structured in-depth interviews. First of all I have reviewed the literature on spirituality and self-development and overviewed the specific techniques of subjectification. These techniques have the power to change the individual’s view of life and have elements that serve the neoliberal governmentality. To continue, I have attended courses and workshops centred on spiritual development to uncover the communalities between literature and discourses on change. I was mainly interested in analysing the discourse of trainers, speakers and religious guiders and outlining the participants’ experiences, while understanding how they utilise the knowledge and support given throughout these courses when trying to enhance their day-to-day lives and careers. 2

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The Opera Experience: Performing a Vibrato with the Audience
Pre-conditions, strategies and the experience

. Los Angeles, CA: Sociocultural Research Consultants, LLC ( ). Storey, J. (2003) ‘The social life of opera’, European Journal of Cultural Studies , 6 (1), 5–35. Storey, J. (2006) ‘Inventing opera as art in nineteenth-century Manchester’, International Journal of Cultural Studies , 9 (4), 435–456. Strauss, A.L. (1987). Qualitative Analysis for Social Scientists . Cambridge: University Press. Tajtáková, M., and Arias-Aranda, D., (2008) ‘Targeting university students in audience development strategies for opera and ballet

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The Response of the Hermeneutic Social Sciences to a ‘Post Carbon World’

. Guildford: Militant Publications. Cross, G. (1993) Time and Money: The Making of Consumer Culture . New York, Routledge. Dobson, A. (2003) Citizenship and the Environment . Oxford: Oxford University Press. Dyson, T. (2005) ‘On development, demography and climate change: The end of the world as we know it’. Population and Environment, 27(2): 117-149. Escobar, A. (1996) ’Constructing Nature: Elements for a Poststructural Political Ecology’ In Peet, R. and M. Watts (eds.) Liberation Ecologies , pp. 46-68. New York, NY: Routledge. Finkler, K

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