"a collective of individuals": Between self and solidarity in a Rainbow gathering

Ido Tavory, Yehuda C. Goodman

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    Using ethnographic fieldwork, this paper examines the relation between practices of individuality and solidarity in an alternative spiritual gathering called "The Rainbow" in Israel. Following the "practice turn" in sociological theory, we chart the social situations in which solidarity and individuality are formed, and the ways in which their multiple uses frame their meanings. We demonstrate that though members use the communal arena to express their individuality, the self they celebrate is constantly molded by practices creating solidarity. Through institutionalized rituals, everyday metaphors and interactions, and the formation of friendships in the field, members both relate to the community as a site for the assertion of selfhood, and incorporate the communal into the very definition of the self - thus weaving them together in action.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)262-284
    Number of pages23
    JournalSociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
    Volume70
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 2009

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    Keywords

    • Community
    • Individualism
    • Israel
    • New Age
    • Practice theory
    • Solidarity

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    • Religious studies
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    "a collective of individuals" : Between self and solidarity in a Rainbow gathering. / Tavory, Ido; Goodman, Yehuda C.

    In: Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, Vol. 70, No. 3, 05.2009, p. 262-284.

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