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The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change

The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change
Graham Dwyer, Richard J. Cole

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The Hare Krishna Movement is popularly associated with groups of chanting, saffron-robed followers, whose colourful appearance on the streets of western cities became increasingly commonplace after the Movement's emergence in 1965. But there is much more to the Krishna phenomenon than simply its bands of singing and dancing adherents. This groundbreaking book focuses for the first time on what is currently taking place inside the Hare Krishna Movement, and examines the changes and developments that have shaped it over the past forty years. The essays offer an unparalleled overview of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and explore a wide range of topical issues and themes. These include: the politics and history of the Movement; membership patterns; recruitment strategies; pedagogical and social factors; the importance of dreams and ritual; and ISKCON's articulation of traditional theology in the context of the Movement's evolution.

The result is a book that will be essential reading for scholars and students of religion in the modern world, and which explains in full how this fascinating Hindu devotional tradition continues to flourish in the land of its origin - India - as well as in the West.

Author Info

Graham Dwyer is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Winchester University, and is the author of The Divine and the Demonic: Supernatural Affliction and its Treatment in North India (2003). Richard J Cole is a Hare Krishna monk and the Secretary of ISKCON UK's Communications Department at Bhaktivedanta Manor.


'The Hare Krishna Movement combines insightful "insider'" and "outsider" voices to provide an essential review and timely update on the growing and maturing phenomenon of worldwide Krishna-devotionalism. For storytracking the Hare Krishna movement as an important focal point in today's increasingly varied landscape of spiritual practices and aspirations, this collection is a welcome resource.'
Kenneth Valpey, Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies'

This is a fascinating and insightful collection that will prove to be of great interest to students of the Hare Krishna movement and of new religious movements generally. The contributors include both Hare Krishna scholars as well as established academics from the field of religious studies. The volume's real strength derives from its focus on change and on how the Hare Krishna movement has increasingly sought to come to grips with the modern world whilst retaining its distinctive self-identity. Taken as a whole, the book reveals a whole new intellectual landscape and puts a refreshing new perspective on our understanding the Hare Krishna phenomenon.'
E. Burke Rochford, Jr., Professor of Sociology and Religion, Middlebury College, and author of Hare Krishna Transformed

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781845114077
Publication Date: 28 Jun 2007
Number of Pages: 296
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 8pp 1/1 plates

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