• The New Age paradox: spiritual consumerism and traditional authority at the Child of Nature festival in Russia

    Author(s):
    Irina Sadovina (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Ethnography, New religious movements, Paganism, Religion, Russia
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    consumerism, festival, legitimation, new age
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/r4nw-pt10
    Abstract:
    This article addresses the paradox of contemporary New Age spirituality, which combines the individualist ideology of the capitalist market with traditional truth claims. The underlying assumption of the New Age—that there is one universal Truth in many guises—supports this type of legitimation. I argue that this paradox can be illuminated from a transcultural ethnographic perspective with the help of the concept of vernacular belief. The emphasis on lived experience reveals the New Age as a mutable and diverse set of practices from which we cannot expect ideological coherence. Analysing the plural ideological landscape of the Child of Nature festival in St Petersburg, this article investigates how its participants deal with competing narratives of universal truth, all of which pivot on one term: ‘Vedic wisdom’.
    Notes:
    The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2017, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13537903.2016.1256653.
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