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AoL East and West - A Study of the Art of Living Foundation - Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen

Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen [+-]
University of Tromsø.
Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen is currently a PhD candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø. Her research interests include new religious movements (especially Indian-oriented movements) and the New Age, religion and gender, and religion and nature. She has published a number of articles (including on Art of Living) and book reviews in international academic journals, and has several articles forthcoming. Additionally she is co-editor of the forthcoming Nordic New Religions (Brill),
Milda Alisauskiene [+-]
Vytautas Magnus University
Associate professor at Department of Sociology, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania Director of New Religions Research and Information Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
James R. Lewis [+-]
University of Tromsø
James R. Lewis is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø. He is well-published in the field of new religious movements. His publications and edited volumes include The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Controversial New Religions (with Jesper Petersen), Scientology, Children of Jesus and Mary (with Nicholas Levine), and, most recently, Violence and New Religious Movements.

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This chapter discusses the characteristics of members of AOL that participated in the qualitative research in Denmark, Norway, Lithuania and India. The age, sex, sexual orientation, family life, education, income, occupation, political preferences of the AoL members will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to the spiritual journeys of the followers of AoL members. Finally the chapter will provide types of members of AOL that are applicable for all countries.

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Bårdsen Tøllefsen, Inga; Ališauskienė, Milda; Lewis, James R.. Who Joins?. AoL East and West - A Study of the Art of Living Foundation. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781791332. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=22339. Date accessed: 20 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22339. Jul 2020

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