The Brahma Kumaris as a ‘Reflexive Tradition’: Responding to Late Modernity

1st Edition

John Walliss

Published October 30, 2017
Reference - 146 Pages
ISBN 9781138730472 - CAT# Y326562
Series: Routledge Revivals


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This title was first published  in 2002. Drawing on primary research on the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, a millenarian New Religious Movement of Indian origin, this book examines the status of tradition in the contemporary world through a critical engagement with the recent social theory of Anthony Giddens on the emergence of a post-traditional society. Wallis examines both the ways in which forms of tradition not only persist but also flourish in the contemporary world and also the manner in which such traditions are drawn on and (re)created by individuals in their ongoing construction of self-identity. Illuminating some of the difficulties encountered when social theory is applied to 'the real world', this book also offers a way of theorising about the status of contemporary religiosity that does not refer directly to the notion of secularisation.

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