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Becoming a 'Faith Community': British Hindus, Identity, and the Politics of Representation

Knott, Kim (2009) Becoming a 'Faith Community': British Hindus, Identity, and the Politics of Representation. Journal of Religion in Europe, 2 (2). pp. 85-114. ISSN 1874-8910

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Abstract

This article offers an historical perspective on the process by which British Hindus have sought to become a 'faith community' in response to local civic pressures and the intensification of government rhetoric on harnessing the capacity of religious bodies in support of public policy, and also as an expression of Hindu nationalist and ecumenical interests. I review my earlier analysis of Hindus in Leeds, noting the four processes of institutionalisation, retraditionalisation, standardisation, and the production of community, and, through Hindu ephemera, consider these same processes for Hindus elsewhere in Britain in the period 1980 to 2006 in the context of the rise of identity politics and the return of religion to public prominence. Although these processes remain relevant, others have emerged, notably the public representation of 'Hinduism,' and the impact of a diasporic politics of Hindutva.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Religion in Europe
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 53266
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2012 09:09
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:14
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53266

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