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dc.contributor.advisorLewis, James R.
dc.contributor.authorTøllefsen, Inga Bårdsen
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-18T07:41:37Z
dc.date.available2012-06-18T07:41:37Z
dc.date.issued2012-05-22
dc.description.abstractThe focus of this thesis is the Art of Living Foundation (AoL), a splinter group from Transcendental Meditation (TM). My primary goal is to present a systematic overview of this large but understudied movement. Over the course of this overview, I examine AoL through a variety of different interpretive frameworks. Throughout the thesis I inspect Art of Living through several different lenses: an analysis of discourse about the guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a leader-founder, focused especially on the themes of charisma and hagiography; an inquiry into the various legitimation strategies utilized in AoL; an overview of AoL’s gradual splintering from TM in terms of sociological analyses of the schism process; an examination of the origin of the organization based on a model of ‘cult formation’ put forward by Rodney Stark and William Sims Bainbridge; and some discussion of the conversion process. Finally, an important sub-theme of my thesis is how AoL is differently appropriated in two distinct cultures.  en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/4265
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-uit_munin_3980
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherUniversitetet i Tromsøen
dc.publisherUniversity of Tromsøen
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.subject.courseIDREL-3900en
dc.subjectVDP::Humanities: 000::Theology and religious science: 150::Religious science, religious history: 153en
dc.subjectNew Religious Movementsen
dc.subjectNew Ageen
dc.subjectArt of Livingen
dc.subjectSri Sri Ravi Shankaren
dc.subjectComparative analysisen
dc.subjectSystematic overviewen
dc.subjectReligious Entrepreneuren
dc.subjectSchismen
dc.subjectIndiaen
dc.subjectNorwayen
dc.subjectScienceen
dc.subjectReligionen
dc.subjectSpiritualityen
dc.subjectSudarshan Kriyaen
dc.subjectHagiographyen
dc.subjectYogaen
dc.subjectMeditationen
dc.subjectBreathing techniqueen
dc.subjectCharismaen
dc.subjectCult formationen
dc.titleA study of the Art of Living Foundationen
dc.typeMaster thesisen
dc.typeMastergradsoppgaveen


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