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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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(p.324) Conclusion
From Yoga to Kabbalah

Véronique Altglas

Oxford University Press

This section summarizes the definition of religious exoticism and its implications in relation to bricolage. This book shows that relationships with exotic religious resources are often ambivalent. Practice of bricolage thus presupposes interpretations and transformations that made these components familiar and safe. Accordingly, bricolage is not as eclectic as one might think because of the processes of domestication, de-contextualization, and standardization that this book describes. Bricolage is not as individual as one would think, either: it is in fact structured by social norms and pressures exerted upon individuals (the personal responsibility for realizing one’s self through active participation). Finally, bricolage does not generate personal and eclectic religious patchworks because its practice is gender- and class-based. The conclusion emphasizes the need for the sociology of religion to reintegrate issues of power, class formation, social interactions, and practice, and to renew the understanding of religious individualism.

Keywords:   religious exoticism, bricolage, domestication, de-contextualization, standardization, social norms, gender, class, individualism

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