Possessing knowledge: organizational boundaries among the Brahma Kumaris Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Musselwhite, Richard
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies
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  • This dissertation presents an ethnographically-informed portrait of the organizational boundaries that give the Brahma Kumaris their institutional structure and managerial culture. The Brahma Kumaris are a Hindu new religious movement from India that began in 1936 and now claims more than half a million members worldwide. The fieldwork informing this dissertation took place between July 1999 and December 2003 at two primary sites, including a Brahma Kumaris center in a major metropolitan center in the Southern United States and the Brahma Kumaris' world headquarters in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. The Brahma Kumaris aspire to serve the world as a model of good management and effective leadership,and to this end, they have constructed organizational boundaries, status hierarchies, and managerial practices that support their esoteric, service-oriented religion by emphasizing the importance of well-managed personal relationships within and beyond their institution's boundaries.
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  • Ernst, Carl
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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