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Socialization as Education in a Cross-Cultural Revitalization Movement in Southern California (Paperback)
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Socialization as Education in a Cross-Cultural Revitalization Movement in Southern California (Paperback)

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Paperback 172 Pages / Published: 22/09/2009
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This grounded theory study investigates how the Falun Gong in Southern California recruits and instructs followers. Participants are adult followers who meet regularly in public parks, on college campuses, and outside the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles. This study uses grounded theory methodology with unstructured interviews, overt participant observations of meetings, and text analysis of published Falun Gong materials used by the practitioners. Falun Gong is a revitalization movement that is cross-cultural in nature and appeals to new adherents for how it addresses flaws found in perhaps all societies-failures of existing epistemology, ontology, health care, morality, politics, community, aesthetics, and the education of the young. Falun Gong provides a new way of thinking that can lead to a new life. The results of this study include a theory describing the movement, its methods of socialization, and suggestions for educators.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761846536
Number of pages: 172
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 234 x 154 x 12 mm


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Rath's work provides deep and sensitive insight into one of the most dynamic yet lesser-known new movements in recent years. It is a must-read... -- Richard L. Starcher, Ph.D., associate professor of intercultural education, Biola University
An exciting and fresh approach to the study of new religious movements....Using insights and theoretical constructs from the field of intercultural studies, education, and socialization, the author explores the manner in which Falun Gong adherents enthusiastically share their beliefs and instruct inquirers regarding the basic concepts of their religion. The author avoids becoming embroiled in the political controversies associated with Falun Gong and in the process provides a whole new perspective on the study of new religious movements, greatly expanding previous approaches to such studies. -- Douglas Hayward, Ph.D., professor of intercultural studies and chair, Department of Anthropology, Intercultural Education, and Missiology (AIM), Biola U

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