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dc.contributor.advisor Gusterson, Hugh
dc.contributor.author Rose, Joshua D
dc.creator Rose, Joshua D
dc.date 2011-05-04
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-25T18:55:16Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2011-05-25T18:55:16Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-25
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/6382
dc.description.abstract The aim of this thesis is to explain the nature and ideological structure of the religious sub-culture of new age in America. Ethnographic data was gathered from conducting interviews and through participant observation in the towns of Lily Dale, NY and Mount Shasta, CA during the summers of 2008 and 2009. Literary research was conducted from academic as well as non-academic 'new age' sources. This thesis concludes that new age belief systems possess three key characteristics: they are alternative; they are ecosophical; they have a decentralized structure (both in its beliefs and in its leadership style). Furthermore, the ideological structure of new age is nebulous, and without a core, presenting itself as a cultural phenomenon that is impossible to define, while the groupings of beliefs in it have distinct characteristics: a cultural paradox.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject New Age en_US
dc.subject Spirituality en_US
dc.subject Lily Dale en_US
dc.subject Mount Shasta en_US
dc.subject Anthropology of Religion en_US
dc.subject Extraterrestrial en_US
dc.title What Is New Age? en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Masters in Anthropology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Anthropology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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