The New Age paradox: spiritual consumerism and traditional authority at the Child of Nature festival in Russia

  title={The New Age paradox: spiritual consumerism and traditional authority at the Child of Nature festival in Russia},
  author={Irina Sadovina},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Religion},
  pages={103 - 83}
  • Irina Sadovina
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • Philosophy, Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary Religion
Abstract This article addresses the paradox of contemporary New Age spirituality, which combines the individualist ideology of the capitalist market with traditional truth claims. The underlying assumption of the New Age—that there is one universal Truth in many guises—supports this type of legitimation. I argue that this paradox can be illuminated from a transcultural ethnographic perspective with the help of the concept of vernacular belief. The emphasis on lived experience reveals the New… 



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