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Faith Movements and Social Transformation

Guru Charisma in Contemporary India

Authors: Pandya, Samta P.

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  • Covers a very topical area of faith movements and social transformation in India
  • Discusses how followers of Hindu religious leaders derive ideologies of personal and social transformation from the avowed teachings of those leaders
  • Analyses in a nuanced and balanced way the links between gurus, their followers, and the interpretation of social service and change
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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.  

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Samta P. Pandya, PhD, is Associate Professor, Centre for Social Justice and Governance, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Faith Movements and Social Transformation
Book Subtitle
Guru Charisma in Contemporary India
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-2823-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-2823-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-2822-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 205
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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