Using Weber and Foucault to understand the evolution of motives in a Tibetan Buddhist Organisation in Scotland

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a case study of the evolution of motivations amongst participants engaged with the Tibetan Buddhist organisation, Rokpa, in Scotland. In doing so, this paper points to the utility of the Max Weber's concept of authority and Michel Foucault's concept of the discourse for understanding this evolution and sheds further light on the subjectivisation thesis in relation to understanding the dual processes of secularisation and sacralisation in contemporary, global society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-117
Number of pages18
JournalCulture and Religion
Issue number1
Early online date7 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Tibetan Buddhism
  • Scotland
  • motivations
  • authority
  • discourse
  • subjectivisation thesis

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