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Perspektywa światów społecznych w interpretacji świata hathajogi
The perspective of social worlds in the interpretation of the hatha‑yoga

Author(s): Krzysztof T. Konecki
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Sociology, Health and medicine and law
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Social World; symbolic interactionism; hatha‑yoga; legitimization process; arenas
Summary/Abstract: The goal of the paper is analysis of the current situation of the practice of hatha‑yoga in the Western countries with the use of the sociological perspective of social worlds (the concept of Anselm Strauss). The social world is a form of social association basedon shared interests and some primery activity that is performed by individuals, and theprimary activity defines their attachment to the world. The social world of hatha‑yoga isdescribed on the basis of studies and analyzes carried out in 2008–2012. The paper deals also with the issue of influence of traditional Hindu culture on the present form of yoga and controversies related to the “dogmatic” interpretation of the direct transmission of hatha yoga from India to the Western world (the paradox of “mutual influence” presented by Mark Singleton). One part of the article describes the intersection of the social world of yoga with other worlds and sub‑words: mass culture, sports, the world of mountain climbing, business, medicine, etc.

  • Page Range: 121-148
  • Page Count: 28
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish