Jaime Lee Kucinskas.

In the Social Scientific Study of Religion conference last weekend in Las Vegas, Assistant Professor of Sociology Jaime Kucinskas discussed her new book, The Mindful Elite, on an author meets the critics panel.

Top religion and social movement scholars including Prof. Rhys Williams of Loyola University in Chicago, Prof. Grace Yukich of Quinnipiac University, Prof. Ruth Braunstein of University of Connecticut, Prof. Jerry Park of Baylor University, and Prof. Brian Steensland of Indiana University discussed the book's merits in detailing how mindfulness became popular, and the movement's successes and failures.

They also discussed the provocative questions the book raises about how to identify spirituality and social movements, and assess their broader impacts.

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