From Slogans to Mantras: Social Protest and Religious Conversion in the Late Vietnam War Era / Edition 1 by Stephen A. Kent | 9780815629481 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
From Slogans to Mantras: Social Protest and Religious Conversion in the Late Vietnam War Era / Edition 1

From Slogans to Mantras: Social Protest and Religious Conversion in the Late Vietnam War Era / Edition 1

by Stephen A. Kent
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815629486

ISBN-13: 9780815629481

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Stephen A. Kent takes a provocative look at the early 1970s -- an often overlooked yet colorful period when the Vietnam War and student protests were on the wane as new religious groups grew in size and visibility. Certainly, religious strains were evident throughout postwar popular culture from the 1950s Beat generation into the 1960s drug counter-culture, but the

Overview

Stephen A. Kent takes a provocative look at the early 1970s -- an often overlooked yet colorful period when the Vietnam War and student protests were on the wane as new religious groups grew in size and visibility. Certainly, religious strains were evident throughout postwar popular culture from the 1950s Beat generation into the 1960s drug counter-culture, but the explosion of nontraditional religions during the early 1970s was unprecedented.

Kent maintains that the failure of political activism led many former radicals to become involved with groups such as the Hare Krishnas, Scientology, Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, the Jesus movement, and the Children of God. Drawing on scholarly literature, alternative press reportage, and personal narratives, Kent shows how numerous activists turned from psychedelia and political activism to guru worship and spiritual quest both as a response to the failures of social protest and as a new means of achieving societal change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815629481
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Religion and Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrationsix
Forewordxi
Prefacexv
1.Introduction: Defining a Generation1
2.Religion, Drugs, and the Question of Political Engagement6
3.Political Frustration and Religious Conversions25
4.Radical Rhetoric and Eastern Religions44
5.Conversions to Syncretic and Western Religions94
6.Conclusion: Mystical Antagonism and the Decline of Political Protest151
AppendixReexamining the Scholarship on Protesters' Religious Conversions191
References203
Index229

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