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From Yoga to KabbalahReligious Exoticism and the Logics of Bricolage$
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Véronique Altglas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199997626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997626.001.0001

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Universalistic Ambitions, Local Realities: Bricolage in (National) Context

Universalistic Ambitions, Local Realities: Bricolage in (National) Context

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From Yoga to Kabbalah

Véronique Altglas

Oxford University Press

Such a process of de-ethnicization is unavoidably affected by constraints and opportunities encountered by transnational movements on the local level. The book’s fourth chapter shows the importance of national responses to religious diversity and of the physiognomy of national religious landscapes for understanding religious movements’ adaptive strategies (why, for instance, some neo-Hindu movements claim to be universal in some places, but Hindu in others) and the effect of these strategies (why, when the Kabbalah Centre started to present itself as a “universal wisdom,” some local branches declined while others expanded). It underscores again the fact that the availability of exotic religious resources depends, in part, on specific social environments.

Keywords:   de-ethnicization, constraints, religious landscape, religious diversity, universal, adaptive strategies

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