Chasing Euro-Hindus: An Exploration of the Public Articulation of European Hindu Identity

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Abstract

In 2007, the Hindu Forum of Europe (HFE) was established at the European Parliament in Brussels, proposing to act as 'an interface between European institutions and Hindus in Europe'. This article explores the development of this organisation and the idea of European Hindu identity that it seeks to represent. It examines the processes by which this idea of European Hindu identity is 'becoming public', arguing that specific issues related to identity formation, public space and organisational dynamics have affected the trajectory of public representation in a formative fashion. One key factor has been the opening up of opportunities for religious identities as the Union explores strategies for developing notions of European belonging and citizenship. The case of the HFE demonstrates that the ability of specific groups to take advantage of this development is contingent upon a complex range of unpredictable pressures which are both global and intensely localised. © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-177
Number of pages18
JournalSouth Asian Diaspora
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013

Keywords

  • diaspora
  • European Union
  • Hinduism
  • ISKCON
  • religions
  • religious identities

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