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
     
 

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… See more details below

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.

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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

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

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