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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.1) Introduction
From Yoga to Kabbalah

Véronique Altglas

Oxford University Press

The introduction summarizes the limitations of the current sociological analysis of bricolage, and presents the book’s objectives and theoretical frame. Inscribed inside a larger effort to contribute to a critical sociology of religion, this study aims to provide an understanding of the ways in which certain foreign religious practices and beliefs are disseminated and appropriated in contemporary practices of bricolage. These practices are understood as part of a “religious exoticism”: this notion draws attention to the processes that make “available” cultural and religious resources for their appropriation. It also addresses the type of engagement that individuals develop with the culturally and religiously foreign. After presenting this study’s general key findings and arguments, the introduction presents its methodological design, in particular the choice of case studies and the emphasis on empirical, comparative, and cross-national research.

Keywords:   critical sociology of religion, religious exoticism, comparative research, cross-national research

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