Accessing Institutions

Jaime Kucinskas

in The Mindful Elite

Published in print November 2018 | ISBN: 9780190881818
Published online November 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780190881849 | DOI:
Accessing Institutions

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Through the accounts of contemplative leaders, this chapter shows how the mindful elite promoted meditation across a variety of secular institutional fields. They began by convening elite sympathizers and using their social influence as insiders in wide-ranging professional organizations to bring contemplative intervention programs into their workplaces across institutions. Once their programs were established, interventions in reputable organizations, such as Google and Stanford University, became benchmark programs. Others in similar kinds of organizations, and the public, could refer to these programs as exemplars demonstrating the efficacy and legitimacy of contemplative practice. From there, as scientific research and media accounts of mindfulness were published and gained traction, the legitimacy of mindfulness was bolstered and the practices diffused more widely in mainstream culture.

Keywords: mindfulness; contemplative; diffusion; organizational benchmarks; legitimacy; scientific legitimacy; elite movements; movement leadership; movement tactics; consensus tactics

Chapter.  9550 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change ; Sociology of Religion

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