Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion. Volume 14 (2023)

The Sociology of Yoga, Meditation, and Asian Asceticism


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This volume of the Annual Review for the Sociology of Religion adresses the challenges of the diversity and complexity of sociological approaches to Asian forms and dynamics of Asian or Asian-inpired ascetic ideas and practices. Eleven papers, written by scholars conducting researches in different geographic and cultural contexts, all contribute to enrich discussion on the relevance of sociological studies of Yoga, meditation and other ascetic techniques and traditions.

Contributors are: Zuzana Bártová, Loïc Bawidamann, Jørn Borup, Sally SJ Brown, Ugo Dessì, Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger, Marc Lebranchu, Patrick S.D. McCartney, Lionel Obadia, Matteo Di Placido, Alexandros Sakellariou, João Paulo P. Silveira, and Rafael Walthert.

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Lionel Obadia, PhD, (1999), Université de Lyon, France, is Professor of Anthropology. He is the author of 10 books and editor of 20 books, and has authored 180 chapters and journal articles on religion, Buddhism, magic, witchcraft and globalization.
Enzo Pace is a Professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Padua. He has authored 42 books and several articles on the sociology of Islam, fundamentalism, religious pluralism, and digital religion.
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Sociological Approaches to Yoga and Asceticism An Introduction
  Lionel Obadia

1 Italian Zen and the Ways of Globalization
  Ugo Dessì

2 The Yoga Field A Bourdieusian Account of Yoga’s Contested Status, Malleable Character and Hybrid Nature
  Matteo Di Placido

3 The Yoga Habitus in Contemporary Greek Society Religious, Spiritual or Secular Practice?
  Alexandros Sakellariou

4 Buddhist Ritual Practices as Religious Practices Adapted to the Middle Class
  Zuzana Bártová

5 Spirituality A Significant Factor in Yoga Accessibility?
  Sally SJ Brown

6 Yoga’s Own “N-word” and Afrakan-Inspired Yogic Ethnostates Kemetic Yoga and “Not Fucking Around” with Colonizing Yogaland’s Newest Frontier
  Patrick S.D. McCartney

7 Between Market and Domestication The Quest for the Recognition of Yoga as Religion
  Loïc Bawidamann and Rafael Walthert

8 Yoga and Mindfulness as a Fluctuating Field
  Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger and Jørn Borup

9 Japanese New Religions during the Pandemic A Study on Seicho-no-Ie and Shinsokan Meditation in Brazil
  João Paulo P. Silveira

10 Connect to Disconnect The Ambivalent Impact of Smartphone Apps for the Practice of Yoga and Meditation
  Lionel Obadia

11 Daoism in the West From Orientalism to Western Neo-Daoism?
  Marc Lebranchu


Scholars in Religious Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, and other disciplines in Social Sciences and Humanities, particularly Asian Studies.
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