Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization / Edition 1

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This innovative collection of essays examines, through a range of ethnographic and comparative studies, the transnational movements, effects, and transformations of religion in the contemporary world and offers a fresh perspective on the interrelation between globalization and religion. Taken as a whole, Transnational Transcendence challenges some widely accepted ideas about this relationship-in particular, that international contemporary religious manifestations are secondary to the primarily economic phenomenon of globalization.
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Editorial Reviews

Social Anthropology
“Strongly recommended to scholars seeking an advanced understanding of religion and globalisation.”

“Few studies of transnationalism or globalization have treated religion in such theoretical depth. . . . Recommended.”
Journal Royal Anthro Inst
“The volume is a sub substantial contribution to scholarship on globalization.”
Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

In a short review one cannot do justice to a collection like this. [It] cries out for a more detailed response.”
“Few studies of transnationalism or globalization have treated religion in such theoretical depth. . . . Recommended.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520257429
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Csordas is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Language, Charisma, and Creativity; The Sacred Self; and Body/Meaning/Healing, as well as editor of Embodiment and Experience.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction: Modalities of Transnational Transcendence Thomas J. Csordas 1

1 Missionization in the Postcolonial World: A View from Brazil and Elsewhere Otavio Velho 31

2 Is the Trans-in Transnational the Trans-in Transcendent? On Alterity and the Sacred in the Age of Globalization Joel Robbins 55

3 Global Religion and the Reenchantment of the World: The Case of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Thomas J. Csordas 73

4 Veiled Missionaries and Embattled Christians in Colonial Sudan Janice Boddy 97

5 Beyond Integration and Recognition: Diasporic Constructions of Alevi Muslim Identity between Germany and Turkey Esra Ozyurek 121

6 The Burning: Finitude and the Political-Theological Imagination of Illegal Migration Stefania Pandolfo 145

7 Trajectories, Frontiers, and Reparations in the Expansion of Santo Daime to Europe Alberto Groisman 185

8 The Orisha Atlantic: Historicizing the Roots of a Global Religion Peter F. Cohen 205

9 The Many Who Dance in Me: Afro-Atlantic Ontology and the Problem with "Transnationalism" J. Lorand Matory 231

10 Global Breathing: Religious Utopias in India and China Peter van der Veer 263

11 The Return Path: Anthropology of a Western Yogi Kathinka Froystad 279

12 The Global Reach of Gods and the Travels of Korean Shamans Laurel Kendall 305

Contributors 327

Index 331

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