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Public Hinduisms

Public Hinduisms

First Edition
Edited by:
  • John Zavos - Manchester University, UK
  • Pralay Kanungo - School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Deepa S. Reddy - University of Houston-Clear Lake, USA and Director, India Outreach Programs, University of Houston System
  • Maya Warrier - University of Wales, Trinity St David
  • Raymond Williams - Wabash College, USA

August 2012 | 540 pages | SAGE India
Public Hinduisms critically analyzes the way in which Hinduism is produced and represented as an established feature of modern public landscapes. It examines the mediation, representation and construction of multiple forms of Hinduism in a variety of social and political contexts, and in the process establishes it as a dynamic and developing modern concept.

The essays in this volume are divided into themes that address different aspects of the processes that form modern Hinduism. The book includes discussions on topics such as ecumenical initiatives, the contemporary interpretation of particular sampradaya and guru traditions, modes of community mobilization and the mediation strategies of different groups. It also provides India and diaspora-focused case studies as well as 'Snapshot' views elaborating on different themes.

Taking a critical approach to the idea of Hinduism and the way it becomes public, the book provides an interesting read on contemporary Hinduism.


John Zavos
Public Hinduisms: An Introduction

John Zavos
Will the Real Mango Please Stand Up? Reflections on Defending Dharma and Historicising Hinduism

Shana Sippy
Engaging the 'Practitioner': Boundary Politics in the Academic Study of Hinduism

Maya Warrier
Snapshot: Scholars and Practitioners, A Personal Reflection

Raymond Brady Williams
Raymond Brady Williams
Ecumenical Constructions: An Introduction

Raymond Brady Williams
Hindu Organisation and the Negotiation of Public Space in Contemporary Britain

John Zavos
What Is American about American Hinduism? Hindu Umbrella Organisations in the United States in Comparative Perspective

Prema Kurien
Snapshot: Devotional Fandom: The Madhuri Dixit Temple of Pappu Sardar

Shalini Kakar
Fusing the Ideals of the Math with the Ideology of the Sangh? Vivekananda Kendra, Ecumenical Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism

Pralay Kanungo
Sathya Sai Baba: At Home Abroad in Midwestern America

Chad Baumann
Snapshot: 'Practising Hindus', Hindutva and Multiculturalism

Balmurli Natrajan
Maya Warrier
Traditions and Transformations: An Introduction

Maya Warrier
Representations of Swaminarayan Hinduism

Raymond Brady Williams
Praying for Peace and Amity: The Shri Shirdi Sai Heritage Foundation Trust

Karline McLain
Who Are the M?dhvas? A Controversy Over the Public Representation of the M?dhva Samprad?ya

Kiyokazu Okita
Snapshot: The California Textbook Controversy

Deepa S. Reddy
The Power of Boundaries: Transnational Links among Krishna Pranamis of India and Nepal

Gérard Toffin
Snapshot: Rethinking Social Movements/Rethinking Hindu Nationalism

Amrita Basu
Pralay Kanungo
Community Mobilisation: An Introduction

Pralay Kanungo
Hindutva's Hinduism

Tanika Sarkar
From Jauhar to Jijabai: Samiti and Sena Women in Mumbai, and the Reconfiguring of 'History'

Namrata Ganneri and Atreyee Sen
Snapshot: Work-in-Progress: The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha on the Web

Hanna Kim
Hindu Trans-nationalisms: Organizations, Ideologies, Networks

Deepa S Reddy
American Hindu Activism and the Politics of Anxiety

Arun Chaudhuri
'Does This Offend You?' Hindu Visuality in the United States

Ritu Khanduri
Deepa S. Reddy
Mediating Hinduisms: An Introduction

Deepa S. Reddy
Modern Guru and Old Sampradaya: How a Nath Yogi Anniversary Festival Became a Performance on Hinduism

Veronique Bouillier
Snapshot: The Sangh Parivar and Bhutanese Refugees: Constructing a Hindu Diaspora in the United States

Sanjeev Kumar
Media Savvy or Media Averse? The Ramakrishna Math and Mission's Use of the Media in Representing Itself and a Religion Called 'Hinduism'

Gwilym Beckerlegge
The BAPS Swaminarayan Temple Organisation and its Publics

Hanna Kim
The Perfect World of BAPS: Media and Urban Dramaturgies in a Globalised Context

Christiane Brosius
Krishna Consciousness, Hinduism and Religious Education in Britain

Maya Warrier

[The book] is such a welcome contribution to the field…The thirty-two pieces in this collection make for a long but surprisingly readable book… Public Hinduisms is a thoughtful, well-crafted, and important set of essays that demonstrates forcefully that Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are not the only public religions nor the only ones that are fighting for their place in the public sphere and for their particular universal truths. Reading this book…is a good corrective and lights the way to a better, more nuanced, and inevitably contested approach to religions in general.

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John Zavos

John Zavos is Senior Lecturer in South Asian Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. His recent publications include Religious Traditions in Modern South Asia (2011), co-authored with Jacqueline Suthren Hirst, and several articles on Hinduism and Hindu organisations in the UK. He has worked extensively on the Hindu nationalist movement and is the author of The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in India (2000). Between 2008 and 2010, he was the principal investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded network project: The Public Representation of a Religion Called Hinduism: Postcolonial Patterns in Britain, India and the US. More About Author

Pralay Kanungo

Pralay Kanungo is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been a Fellow at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and Visiting Professor at Maison des Sciences De L’Homme, Paris. Kanungo is the author of RSS’s Tryst with Politics: From Hedgewar to Sudarshan (2002) and co-editor (with Daniela Berti and Nicolas Jaoul) of The Cultural Entrenchment of Hindutva (2011). He has written several articles on Hindutva and is currently working on a manuscript on communal violence in Kandhamal. More About Author

Deepa S. Reddy

Deepa S Reddy is a cultural anthropologist with the University of Houston— Clear Lake and Director of India Outreach Programs of the University of Houston System. She has written on the contestations of identitarian politics in India, the globalisation of caste via the discourses of race and human rights, and on how sample collection and donor registration initiatives, such the International HapMap Project and the U.S. National Marrow Donor Program, facilitate reconceptualisations of bioethics, civic identities, and even the role of the market in medicine and genetics. Her book, Religious Identity and Political Destiny, was published in... More About Author

Maya Warrier

Maya Warrier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter. Her research interests centre on popular forms of contemporary Hinduism in a transnational context. She is currently working on a fieldwork-based project examining ‘alternative spiritualities’ in Britain’s holistic health milieu, with a focus on the ancient Indian health tradition, Ayurveda, in its contemporary British manifestations. She is author of Hindu Selves in a Modern World: Guru Faith in the Mata Amritanandamayi Mission (2005), and co-editor of Theology and Religious Studies: An Exploration of Disciplinary Boundaries (2008). More About Author

Raymond B. Williams

Raymond Brady Williams is LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities emeritus at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. His research on Swaminarayan Hinduism and religions of immigrants from India and Pakistan is recorded in several books, including A New Face of Hinduism (1984), Religions of Immigrants from India and Pakistan (1988), A Sacred Thread, ed. (1992, 1996), Christian Pluralism in the United States (1996), An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (2001), Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs in the United States (2001, 2007) and Williams on South Asian Religions and Immigration (2004). He was the founding editor of Teaching... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132107408