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The Mindful EliteMobilizing from the Inside Out$
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Jaime Kucinskas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190881818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190881818.001.0001

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The Elite Circuit

The Elite Circuit

(p.137) Chapter 7 The Elite Circuit
The Mindful Elite

Jaime Kucinskas

Oxford University Press

The mindful elite attracted new high-status sympathizers in targeted organizations by using their professional symbolic power, social status, and social skill to build legitimacy for meditation and other contemplative practices. In this chapter the author builds upon scholarship on legitimation by identifying the various kinds of legitimation the contemplatives are able to secure. These different kinds of legitimacy are interrelated and build upon each other over time, creating a cultural movement that is increasingly difficult to derail. However, in building their base among a privileged coterie of social, economic, and intellectual elites, the contemplatives risk losing touch with ordinary people and the issues of inequality that affect them. This weakens the contemplatives’ ability to stand by and implement direct social reforms to influence root causes of the issues they care about, such as rising inequality, greed, and materialism.

Keywords:   legitimacy, moral legitimacy, public legitimacy, elite movement, conferences, consensus tactics, diffusion, mindfulness, meditation, contemplative

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