Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas

Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas

by Manuel A. Vasquez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813532841

ISBN-13: 9780813532844

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

"Globalizing the Sacred breaks new ground in our understanding of the transnational role of religion. Based on case studies in the Americas, this book challenges modernist assumptions about the ways Christians communicate and interact in an increasingly global world. Vasquez and Marquardt demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of transnational theory as they engage…  See more details below

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"Globalizing the Sacred breaks new ground in our understanding of the transnational role of religion. Based on case studies in the Americas, this book challenges modernist assumptions about the ways Christians communicate and interact in an increasingly global world. Vasquez and Marquardt demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of transnational theory as they engage debates related to hybrid identities, the transformative impact of the Internet, and the increasing flow of migrants across national borders." --Donald E. Miller, executive director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California

"A magnificent exploration of the multiple ways local religion shapes and is shaped by its institutional, regional, and global contexts. Locating their analysis at the crossroads between religious studies and emerging literature on globalization, Vasquez and Marquardt masterfully interweave theory and case studies to provide essential insights for understanding religion and social change in the twenty-first century." --Timothy Matovina, director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame

Drawing on case studies in the United States and Latin America, Manuel A. Vasquez and Marie Friedmann Marquardt explore the evolving roles of religion in the Americas in the face of globalization, transnational migration, the rapid growth of culture industries, the rise of computer mediated technologies, and the crisis of modernity. Combining ethnographic research in local congregations, studies of material culture and sacred space, textual analyses, and approaches to mass and electronic media, the authors challenge dominant paradigms inthe sociology of religion.

Manuel A. Vasquez is an associate professor of religion at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is the author of The Brazilian Popular Church and the Crisis of Modernity and is coeditor of Christianity, Social Change, and Globalization in the Americas (Rutgers University Press).
Marie Friedmann Marquardt is a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology of religion at Emory University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813532844
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Limits of Dominant and Emerging Models12
2Theorizing Globalization and Religion34
3Miracles at the Border: A Genealogy of Religious Globalization65
4Crossing the Electronic Frontier: Religious Congregations and the Internet92
5Saving Souls Transnationally: Pentecostalism and Youth Gangs in El Salvador and the United States (with Ileana Gomez)119
6A Continuum of Hybridity: Latino Churches in the New South145
7Premodern, Modern, or Postmodern?: John Paul II's Civilization of Love171
8"Blitzing" Central America: The Politics of Transnational Religious Broadcasting197
Conclusion223
Notes231
Works Cited239
Index253

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