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Religion, Politics, and Globalization : Anthropological Approaches - Galina Lindquist

Religion, Politics, and Globalization

Anthropological Approaches

By: Galina Lindquist (Editor), Don Handelman (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2011
ISBN: 9781845457716
Number Of Pages: 316

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"This volume is an important contribution to current rethinking of the sociological categories of religion and the secular. As a whole the collection demonstrates the development of new perspectives and presents a number of highly relevant case studies...It is significant as part of a growing discourse aimed at re-addressing old issues in a fresh and highly insightful manner." - Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen

While social scientists, beginning with Weber, envisioned a secularized world, religion today is forthrightly becoming a defining feature of life all around the globe. The complex connections between religion and politics, and the ways in which globalization shapes these processes, are central themes explored in this volume by leading scholars in the field of religion. Does the holism of numerous past and present day cosmologies mean that religions with their holistic orientations are integral to human existence? What happens when political ideologies and projects are framed as transcendental truths and justified by Divine authority? How are individual and collective identities shaped by religious rhetoric, and what are the consequences? Can mass murder, deemed terrorism, be understood as a form of ritual sacrifice, and if so, what are the implications for our sensibilities and practices as scholars and citizens? Using empirical material, from historical analyses of established religions to the everyday strife of marginalized groups such as migrants and dissident movements, this volume deepens the understanding of processes that shape the contemporary world.

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"This edited volume is an excellent attempt to connect not just the concepts of religion and politics--a task usually undertaken in a number of other publications--but also the forces of globalisation. The latter construct is of great significance to any current discussion of how religion and politics interact...this volume is to be commended for aptly translating the interactions of religion and politics in a globalised world, as diverse as they may be, in very clear terms." - Journal of Contemporary Religion

"This volume is an important contribution to current rethinking of the sociological categories of religion and the secular. As a whole the collection demonstrates the development of new perspectives and presents a number of highly relevant case studies...It is significant as part of a growing discourse aimed at re-addressing old issues in a fresh and highly insightful manner." - Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen

List of Figures
Preface Don Handelman
After Understanding: A Memoir of Galina Lindquist
Religion, Politics, and Globalization: The Long Past Foregrounding the Short Present - Prologue and Introduction
Shaping Religion Through Politics
Ethnic Identity and Religious Competition: Buddhism and Shamanism in Southern Siberia
The Global Constitution of Religious Competition: Hindutva and Globalization
Open Conflicts of Religion and Politics
Church Confronts State: The 2004 Manifestasaun in Timor-Leste
Religion, Secularism, Secularism, and Politics in Contemporary Spain: The Case of the Imam of Fuengirola Eva
The Tight Embrace of Religion and Politics
Actors of History? Religion, Politics and 'Reality' Within the Protestant Right in America
The Ambiguities of Islamism and a Century of Iranian Opposition
Opening New Space for Religion
Amazighite, Arab/Islamic Hegemony, and the Christian Evangelical Challenge
Self-Exploders, Self-Sacrifice, and the Rhizomic Organization of Terrorism
Afterword: Fixation of Belief and the Dilemmas of Fallibility
Notes on Contributors
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ISBN: 9781845457716
ISBN-10: 1845457714
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 1st January 2011
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59

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