This thesis explores attitudes about the New Age movement from the perspective of those within it, suggesting a positive correlation between the movement and Victor Turner's theory of religion along with Anthony F.C. Wallace's model of revitalization movements. A series of ten interviews were conducted with individuals whom are either participants in the New Age or, despite their uncertainty with the label, accept many of its principles; one other interviewee does not associate with the New Age at all. A Course in Miracles and The Celestine Prophecy, two works frequently mentioned in connection with the New Age, were also reviewed. Results showed that while members of the movement reject the religion label, the New Age does contain religios elements; it also provides proponents with a working explanation of the world. In addition, the movement contains revitalized Eastern, Western, and Native American ideas. Results also made the extremely broad nature of the New Age abundantly clear. Future research is suggested, focusing on other theories which could be applied to the movement, comparisons to other historical movements, and the direction the New Age might take in the future.


Kardulias, P. Nicholas


Sociology and Anthropology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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