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Accessing Institutions

Jaime Kucinskas.

in The Mindful Elite

November 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 9550 words.

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...

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Al Jazeera by the Numbers

Sam Cherribi.

in Fridays of Rage

February 2017; p ublished online February 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 14723 words.

By analyzing Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language news coverage and four of its most popular current affairs programs during the pivotal events of the past decade, I address key questions...

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A Brief History of Buddhist-Inspired American Spirituality, 1830s–1970s

Jaime Kucinskas.

in The Mindful Elite

November 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 4749 words.

This chapter introduces the historical cultural antecedents to the contemplative movement, showing that mindfulness builds upon the rhetoric and logics of prior religious liberal and...

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Bullets of Truth and Media Martyrdom

Sam Cherribi.

in Fridays of Rage

February 2017; p ublished online February 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 9034 words.

This chapter explores the “insurrectional moments” of the Arab Spring that contributed to the refinement and expansion of the repertoire of frames that Al Jazeera developed to perfection in...

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Collective Authenticity

Jaime Kucinskas.

in The Mindful Elite

November 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 10781 words.

With the rising popularity of mindfulness and other contemplative practices, a backlash has emerged. Critics have suggested that the contemplative movement has abandoned its Buddhist...

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Conclusion

Jonathan S. Blake.

in Contentious Rituals

March 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Social Movements and Social Change. 6568 words.

This chapter summarizes the main arguments and findings of the book and presents brief comparative case studies of contentious rituals in Jerusalem and India. In reviewing the book, the...

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The Contemplative Elite and Capitalism

Jaime Kucinskas.

in The Mindful Elite

November 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 5976 words.

This chapter introduces the contemplative mindfulness movement, its successes in legitimizing and popularizing mindful meditation, and its shortcomings. This case demonstrates how elite...

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The Contemplatives (1979–)

Jaime Kucinskas.

in The Mindful Elite

November 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 4707 words.

This chapter provides an overview of what the contemplative founders stood for and why they sought to spread meditation into professional sectors. From the beginning, contemplative leaders...

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Contentious Rituals

Jonathan S. Blake.

March 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Book. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Social Movements and Social Change. 248 pages.

Why do people participate in controversial symbolic events that drive wedges between groups and occasionally spark violence? This book examines this question through an in-depth case study...

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Culture, Politics, and the Paradox of Anti-Politics

Jonathan S. Blake.

in Contentious Rituals

March 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Social Movements and Social Change. 15759 words.

This chapter explores a paradox at the heart of Protestant discourse about loyalist parades in Northern Ireland: the claim that parades are anti-political. Most outside observers understand...

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The Elite Circuit

Jaime Kucinskas.

in The Mindful Elite

November 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 8305 words.

The mindful elite attracted new high-status sympathizers in targeted organizations by using their professional symbolic power, social status, and social skill to build legitimacy for...

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The Emancipation of Political Islam?

Sam Cherribi.

in Fridays of Rage

February 2017; p ublished online February 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 11461 words.

This chapter examines how media power set up Al Jazeera and Qatar as the brokers between Arab publics desperate for political change and political Islam as a potential alternative to...

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Exile on Paradise Square

Sam Cherribi.

in Fridays of Rage

February 2017; p ublished online February 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 15890 words.

This chapter details how Al Jazeera turned a negative situation following Mohamed Morsi’s ouster into an advantageous one. How can losers set the political agenda for the winners in the...

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For God and Ulster, Self-Interest, or Social Networks?

Jonathan S. Blake.

in Contentious Rituals

March 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Social Movements and Social Change. 14370 words.

Using survey and interview data, this chapter shows that the well-established idealist, rationalist, and structuralist explanations for participation in contentious political action do not...

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Fridays of Rage

Sam Cherribi.

February 2017; p ublished online February 2017 .

Book. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 336 pages.

Fridays of Rage reveals for the first time Al Jazeera’s surprising rise to that most respected of all Western media positions: the watchdog of democracy. Al Jazeera served as...

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Gaza

Sam Cherribi.

in Fridays of Rage

February 2017; p ublished online February 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 9609 words.

This chapter deals with Al Jazeera’s long history of covering Gaza, Hamas, and the Palestinian question generally. Al Jazeera’s reporting on leaked Palestinian Authority documents diverted...

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Identity on Parade in Northern Ireland

Jonathan S. Blake.

in Contentious Rituals

March 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Social Movements and Social Change. 12530 words.

This chapter introduces the history and political context of loyalist parades in Northern Ireland. It traces how parades have changed over the past two centuries in response to shifting...

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In Conclusion

Jaime Kucinskas.

in The Mindful Elite

November 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 4014 words.

The mindfulness movement’s unobtrusive, consensus-based tactics were effective in popularizing, embedding, and legitimizing contemplative practices in a wide array of powerful social...

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Interventions’ Transformation from the Inside Out

Jaime Kucinskas.

in The Mindful Elite

November 2018; p ublished online November 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change; Sociology of Religion. 12067 words.

This chapter examines what meditation is intended to do for practitioners at a micro-level in their “intervention” programs. Mindfulness educators carefully introduced meditation practices...

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Introduction

Jonathan S. Blake.

in Contentious Rituals

March 2019; p ublished online February 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Sociology of Religion; Social Movements and Social Change. 9697 words.

This chapter establishes the main questions to be addressed in the book and situates Northern Ireland’s parades in debates about contentious politics and ethnic conflict. It argues that...

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