A religion of wellbeing? The appeal of Buddhism to men in London, United Kingdom.
Lomas, T., Cartwright, Tina, Edginton, Trudi and Ridge, Damien 2014. A religion of wellbeing? The appeal of Buddhism to men in London, United Kingdom. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 6 (3), pp. 198-207.
|Authors||Lomas, T., Cartwright, Tina, Edginton, Trudi and Ridge, Damien|
Against a backdrop of increasing secularization, the number of Buddhists in Britain continues to rise (Office for National Statistics, 2012). However, few studies have explored the reasons people are drawn toward Buddhism, with none focusing on men specifically. Uniquely, we conducted in-depth narrative interviews with 30 male meditators in London, United Kingdom, to explore the appeal Buddhism held for them. Buddhism was portrayed as a nexus of ideas and practices that improved men’s lives. Analyzed through the prism of a multidimensional biopsychosocial model of wellbeing, Buddhism appeared to have the potential to promote wellbeing in biological terms (e.g., health behaviors), psychological terms (e.g., generating subjective wellbeing), and social terms (e.g., offering a supportive social network). From a gendered perspective, Buddhism offered men the opportunity to rework their masculine identity in ways that enhanced their wellbeing. This was a complex development, in which traditional masculine norms were upheld (e.g., Buddhism was constructed as a ‘rational’ framework of ideas/practices), yet also challenged (e.g., norms around alcohol abstinence). Our study offers new insights into the hazards and the attractions—particularly for men—of engaging with Buddhism. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)
|Journal||Psychology of Religion and Spirituality|
|Journal citation||6 (3), pp. 198-207|
|Publisher||American Psychological Association|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/rel/6/3/|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||29 Aug 2014|
|Copyright information||This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.|
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