Workplace Spirituality in Contemporary South Africa

  • Claude-Hélène Mayer
  • Harald Walach
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This chapter introduces the reader to the topic of workplace spirituality in contemporary South Africa. It provides insights into Western and African concepts of (workplace) spirituality and thereby refers to the very specific socio-cultural contexts within South Africa, while referring to historic and present influences. Finally, spirituality is described within the context of mental health, mindfulness, and well-being research. Conclusions are drawn and implications for future theory and practice are discussed.


Workplace spirituality Western approaches South African spirituality Postapartheid Ubuntu Ubunye and amandla Well-being Healing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude-Hélène Mayer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Harald Walach
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut für Therapeutische Kommunikation, Europa-Universität ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany
  2. 2.Department of ManagementRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Pediatric GastroenterologyMedical University PoznanPoznańPoland
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity Witten-HerdeckeWitten-HerdeckeGermany

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