The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change

The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change

by Graham Dwyer, Richard J. Cole


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The Hare Krishna Movement is popularly associated with groups of chanting, saffron-robed followers, whose colourful appearance on the streets of western cities became increasingly commonplace after the Movement's emergence in 1965. But there is much more to the Krishna phenomenon than simply its bands of singing and dancing adherents. This groundbreaking book focuses for the first time on what is currently taking place inside the Hare Krishna Movement, and examines the changes and developments that have shaped it over the past forty years. The essays offer an unparalleled overview of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and explore a wide range of topical issues and themes. These include: the politics and history of the Movement; membership patterns; recruitment strategies; pedagogical and social factors; the importance of dreams and ritual; and ISKCON's articulation of traditional theology in the context of the Movement's evolution.
The result is a book that will be essential reading for scholars and students of religion in the modern world, and which explains in full how this fascinating Hindu devotional tradition continues to flourish in the land of its origin - India - as well as in the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845114077
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/15/2007
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.41(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Graham Dwyer is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Winchester University, and is the author of The Divine and the Demonic: Supernatural Affliction and its Treatment in North India (2003). Richard J Cole is a Hare Krishna monk and the Secretary of ISKCON UK's Communications Department at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Table of Contents

• List of Plates
• Introduction -- Graham Dwyer and Richard J Cole
• Part 1: Origins, Developments and Organisational Patterns
• 1965 Was a Very Good Year and 2005 is Better Still -- Steven J Rosen
• Forty Years of Chanting: A Study of the Hare Krishna Movement -- Richard J Cole
• Moving into Phase Three: An Analysis of ISKCON Membership in the UK -- Ross Andrews
• Part 2: Dreams and Devotion
• Dreams of Prabhupada and Devotional Life in the Hare Krishna Movement -- Graham Dwyer
• The Consciousness of Surrender and the Surrendered Consciousness: Ecstatic Dreams of Lord Krishna -- Graham Dwyer
• Part 3: Tradition and Modernity
• Bringing the Lord's Song to a Strange Land: Srila Prabhupada's Strategy of 'Cultural Conquest' -- William H Deadwyler
• Spiritual Solutions to Material Problems: ISKCON and the Modern World -- Kenneth Anderson
• For Love of Krishna: Forty Years of Chanting -- Anna S King
• Part 4: Identity and Perception
• ISKCON'S Search for Self-Identity: Reflections by a Historian of Religions -- Thomas Hopkins
• Theologising Radha: The Feminine and Feminist Dimensions of Deity -- Anna S King
• Glossary
• Index *

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