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5. Religion and the "Simple Life": Dugald Semple and Translocal "Life Reform" Networks

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1. Title Title of document 5. Religion and the "Simple Life": Dugald Semple and Translocal "Life Reform" Networks - Translocal Lives and Religion
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Steven Sutcliffe; University of Edinburgh; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Asian Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Dugald Semple' 'life reform' ; 'back to the land' movements; European Lebensreform
5. Subject Subject classification Religious studies
6. Description Abstract This chapter presents a case study of a Scottish exponent of the “simple life”, Dugald Semple (1884−1964), within early 20th-century networks of life reform or Lebensreform. It argues that the underlying thread in Semple’s “life reform” is a non-conformist, anti-clerical religious individualism which incorporated Transcendentalism with a Tolstoyan and Gandhian pacifism. A case study of Semple’s career in dialogue with his English and continental interlocutors demonstrates the value of empirically based transnational enquiry at the level of individuals and networks for understanding the varied inflections of “life reform”, particularly the religious roots of the phenomenon. It also contributes to the historiography of important currents in “alternative religion” which fed the post-world-war-two “new age”, “eco” and commune movements.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 08-Feb-2021
10. Type Status & genre peer-reviewed chapters
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.31742
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Translocal Lives and Religion
16. Language English=en english
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Scotland,
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