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Spaces of Yoga – Towards a Non-Essentialist Understanding of Yoga

Newcombe, Suzanne (2018). Spaces of Yoga – Towards a Non-Essentialist Understanding of Yoga. In: Baier, Karl; Maas, Philipp André and Preisendanz, Karin eds. Yoga in Transformation: Historical and Contemporary Perspective. Wiener Forum für Theologie und Religionswissenschaft. Göttingen: V&R University Press, pp. 551–573.

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Abstract

This chapter will examine some of the spaces that yoga occupies in the contemporary world, both physical and social. By looking at yoga through the focus of particular, contested spaces and locations, it will be argued that overarching essentialist definitions of yoga are impossible, although individuals and social groups can and do create essentialist definitions that are more or less useful for particular purposes. By exploring these narratives and boundaries in the context of specific locations, we can better understand what people are doing with the collection of beliefs and practices known as yoga.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 3-8471-0862-X, 978-3-8471-0862-7
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
AYURYOG639363ERC Horizon 2020
Keywords: modern yoga
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 54128
Depositing User: Suzanne Newcombe
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 14:18
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 21:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/54128
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