Contemporary New Age Transformation in Taiwan: A Sociological Study of a New Religious Movement

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Edwin Mellen Press, 2008 - Social Science - 251 pages
This book is a sociological study of the New Age Movement (NAM) in Taiwan, examining the ways in which some Taiwanese people use New Age beliefs and practices in order to respond to the challenges of living in a rapidly changing world. The author, Dr. Shu-Chuan Chen, employs a qualitative approach to the ideas of Self-religion, reflexive modernization, and globalization that underlie many sociological accounts of New Age phenomena and late modernity, for the purpose of explaining the movement's distinctive path of development-as well as its prospects for the future. She also explores the neglected yet ctitical issues of emotions and embodiment in New Age practices. This study makes significant contributions to the understanding of these phenomena from a social science perspective by combining critical analyses of wide-ranging theoretical concepts with thorough empirical investigation. This is the first comprehensive analysis in English of the social dimension of Taiwan's New Age phenomena, while employing theory to place the subject matter in a global context. This work will appeal to specialists in the study of spirituality and religion in this era of globalization. It also can serve as a text suitable for students of New Age and alternative spirtualities as well as for general readers hoping to understand beliefs and practies that are growing in popularity and becoming absorbed into popular culture.

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Beginning of the Journey
The Concept of New Age
SelfReligion Reflexive Modernization and

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19th century ACIL ACIM addition Age activities Age books Age healing Age Movement Age of Aquarius Age practices Age spiritualities Agers alternative healing analysis Ananda Marga ancestor worship Anthony Giddens aspect Available from World Bach Flower Remedies beliefs body Buddhism Buddhism in Taiwan CBACIM Chapter characteristics China Chinese language Chinese New Age Chinese version client cults CNAS connection Conversations with God counter-culture Course in Light Course in Miracles culture Daben discussion emotional body emotions and embodiment esoteric cosmology esotericism examine example existential experiences expert knowledge expert systems feeling rules female interviewee Fine Press folk religion Giddens Giddens's global global field Hakka Hanegraaff Heelas Heelas's high modernity higher Self Himalaya Holistic Health Hong Kong However Hsinchu Human Potential Movement important involved issue of emotions Jane Roberts Japan Jen-Chien Ting Kaoshiung Karma late modernity levels Malaysia Martial Law meditation Michael York Moltzan NAM in Taiwan NAMOs NAMPs Neo-pagan nodes NRMs NSM&C ontological security organizations Osho participant observation participants Paul Heelas phenomena Pranic Healing problems Qing dynasty Rajneesh reflexive modernization regarded Reiki religions religions in Taiwan religious Roland Robertson self self-actualization self-identity self-reflexivity Self-religion self-responsibility Self-spirituality self-transformation Seth Seth Speaks Shimazono social constructionism social constructionist social movements society Steve Bruce study groups subtle bodies Sutcliffe Taichung Taipei Taipei City Taipei County Taiwanese Taiwanese American Taoism teachers Thanatology theoretical ideas theory Therefore Tibetan Buddhism traditional transformation transpersonal psychology virtual centers web model World Wide Web Wouter Hanegraaff Yoga

About the author (2008)

Dr. Shu-Chuan Chen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at FoGuang University in Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Warwick, UK in 2006. Her research interests cover new forms of religion/spirituality, globalization vis-a-vis new religion/spirituality, spirituality of emotions and embodiment, and qualitative research methodology. Her current undertaking explores the development of modern yoga practices in Taiwan, relationship between globalization and cosmopolitan yoga, and the body and emotions in spiritual experiences.

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