© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. Drawing on a qualitative research conducted in Catalan prisons, this chapter explores what role holistic spiritualities such as yoga, Reiki and meditation activities play in contemporary Spanish prisons. These practices located at the limit of the secular are increasingly present in prisons. In this regard, the chapter particularly examines the success of such holistic activities‘understanding success’ to mean the non-problematisation, acceptance and rapid diffusion of such ideas and practices‘in the penitentiary context. We argue that holistic activities and therapies become symbolic resources through which inmates can make sense of their uncertain situation in prison and (re)construct their self-image while also working as a ’peace-making mechanism’ that fits in with the institutional order. Prison staff‘specifically social workers‘plays a crucial role as carriers, in the Weberian sense of the term, of the ideas and values that underlie holistic activities.
|Title of host publication||Religious Diversity in European Prisons: Challenges and Implications for Rehabilitation|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
- Catalan prisons
- Holistic spirituality
- New religious diversity
- Prison staff