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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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Religious Exoticism and the “New Petite Bourgeoisie”

Religious Exoticism and the “New Petite Bourgeoisie”

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From Yoga to Kabbalah

Véronique Altglas

Oxford University Press

This previous chapter of the book discusses who actually uses exotic religious teachings and the role they play in specific social and professional trajectories. It draws on Bourdieu’s (1987) assumption that salvation goods tend to express the temporal interests and concerns of the specific social categories of individuals that a religious movement targets, the conditions of its success being harmony between these interests and its message. It already has been suggested that exotic religious resources may be used to perform gender roles; this chapter presents social class as determinant of patterns of bricolage. Like other religious and therapeutic resources, exotic ones are appropriated as techniques enhancing middle-class emotional capital. Yet the exotic character of religious resources such as yoga, meditation, and Kabbalah finds its significance in relation to the cultural competence of the new petite bourgeoisie.

Keywords:   new petite bourgeoisie, emotional capital, cultural competence, social class, gender, Bourdieu

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