Does the counter-cultural character of new age persist? Investigating social and political attitudes of new age followers

  title={Does the counter-cultural character of new age persist? Investigating social and political attitudes of new age followers},
  author={Frank H{\"o}llinger},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Religion},
  pages={289 - 309}
  • F. Höllinger
  • Published 1 October 2004
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary Religion
From its beginnings in the 1960s up to the present, the New Age movement has undergone considerable change. Originally, it was a counter-cultural movement, interacting with other counter-cultural movements of that time, such as the ecology, hippie, and commune movements. During the last decades, spiritual and esoteric methods have been popularised and commercialised by an expanding market of literature and workshops. This has made New Age a socially accepted phenomenon and it has thus lost much… 
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