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From Slogans to Mantras: Social Protest and Religious Conversion in the Late Vietnam War Era / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- 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 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.
Table of Contents
|1.||Introduction: Defining a Generation||1|
|2.||Religion, Drugs, and the Question of Political Engagement||6|
|3.||Political Frustration and Religious Conversions||25|
|4.||Radical Rhetoric and Eastern Religions||44|
|5.||Conversions to Syncretic and Western Religions||94|
|6.||Conclusion: Mystical Antagonism and the Decline of Political Protest||151|
|Appendix||Reexamining the Scholarship on Protesters' Religious Conversions||191|