Reframing Yoga and Meditation Studies

Karen O'Brien-Kop, Suzanne Newcombe

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This chapter offers analytical meta-reflection on the process of identifying, surveying and examining the current field of academic yoga and meditation studies. It discusses significant and ongoing shifts in this field of study, as well as the scholarly choices that contributors have faced collectively in what they have classified under the categories of ‘yoga’ and ‘meditation’ and in the terms they have used. This chapter discusses the theoretical and practical challenges of one of the first attempts to bring into direct dialogue two closely related areas of academic research: meditation and yoga. Finally, the chapter also points to emergent themes, foci and issues in the field, as well as to current gaps for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies
ISBN (Electronic)9781351050753
ISBN (Print)9781138484863
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameResearch Handbook Series


  • yoga studies
  • disciplinarity
  • meditation
  • auto-ethnography
  • south asian studies

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