Faith Movements and Social Transformation : Guru Charisma in Contemporary India

This book examines the role of Hindu-inspired faith movements (HIFMs) in contemporary India as actors in social transformation. It further situates these movements in the context of the global political economy where such movements cross national boundaries to locate believers among the Hindu diaspo...

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Main Author: Pandya, Samta P. (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language: English
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Published: Singapore Springer Singapore 2019
Series/Journal: SpringerLink Bücher
Further subjects: B Religion and sociology
B Religion and politics
B Sociology of Religion
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Printed edition: 9789811328220
Printed edition: 9789811328244
Summary: This book examines the role of Hindu-inspired faith movements (HIFMs) in contemporary India as actors in social transformation. It further situates these movements in the context of the global political economy where such movements cross national boundaries to locate believers among the Hindu diaspora and others. In contemporary neoliberal India, HIFMs have become important actors, and they realize themselves by making public assertions through service. The four pillars of the contemporary presence of such movements are: gurus, sociality, hegemony and social transformation. Gurus, who spearhead these movements, create a matrix of possible meanings in their public discourses which their followers pick up to create messages of personal and social change. Sociality is a core strategy of proliferation across such movements and implies social service, which is qualified by memories of the guru and what they are believed to embody. Hegemony is reflected in the fact that social service in such movements often ominously imbibes right-wing or far-right Hinduism. They propose a model of Hindu-inspired social transformation, involving faith building into and transforming the civil society. The book discusses in a nuanced way several Hindu-inspired faith movements of various hues which have made national and international impact. This topical book is of interest to students and researchers in the fields of sociology, anthropology, social work, and social psychology, with a special interest in the study of religious movements
1. Introduction: Gurus, Sociality, Hegemony and Social Transformation -- 2. Guru Agency: Combining Charisma, Teachings and Proliferation -- 3. Faith Movements: Negotiating State, Market and Civil Society -- 4. Faith Networks: Interplaying Social Issues, Action and Service -- 5. Faith in Practice: Tangibility of Social Service -- 6. Faith Trappings: Shades of Hegemony and Hindu Nationalism -- 7. Transformational Actors: Private and Public Agendas -- 8. Actors in Social Transformation: Deliberating on a Mode
ISBN: 9789811328237
DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-2823-7
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.1007/978-981-13-2823-7"