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Searching for authentic living through native faith: The Maausk movement in Estonia
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Ethnology. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The broad aim of this thesis is twofold: firstly, I contextualise the Maausk movement and its practitioners’ understandings in relation to history and the surrounding society; secondly, I analyse the affective and embodied experiences of being a Maausk practitioner from a phenomenological perspective.

The thesis focuses on the formation and practice of Maausk, which is perceived to be deeply tied to the society and history where it exists. Relatedly, this study examines how Maausk identity formation and practices have been influenced by the Soviet legacy, romantic nationalism and Estonia’s current economic and political situation.

In order to analyse the Maausk experiences and narratives, this study draws from various phenomenologically oriented theories of affect, embodiment and emotion, as well as cultural theories of place, identity, tradition and authenticity. I have used economic anthropology and globalisation theories as well as historical studies of Estonia’s Soviet past to contextualise the Maausk movement. Further, to place Maausk in the European religious landscape, this study refers to native faith and Neo-pagan studies.

Through sensory ethnography, this study draws on the affective and emotional aspects of the research material to analyse how the complexity of emotional experiences of being a Maausk practitioner produces Maausk meanings and values. The study also examines the role and function of the body and emotions during the process of embodying the Maausk practices, both techniques and meanings of the practices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2016. , 218 p.
Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 122
Keyword [en]
native faith, neo-paganism, affect, affective pattern, emotions, place, tradition, authenticity, neoliberalism, globalisation, identity, Estonia, lived religion, post-soviet
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Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29967ISBN: 978-91-87843-49-5ISBN: 978-91-87843-50-1OAI: diva2:926135
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2016-06-03, MA 624, Alfred Nobels allé 7, 14189 Huddinge, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-05-12 Created: 2016-05-04 Last updated: 2016-10-19Bibliographically approved

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