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Religions/Globalizations: Theories and Cases

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Dwight N. Hopkins
Dwight N. Hopkins

Dwight N. Hopkins is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Lois Ann Lorentzen is Professor of Social Ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.

Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

David Batstone is Associate Professor of Social Ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.

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Lois Ann Lorentzen
Lois Ann Lorentzen

Dwight N. Hopkins is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Lois Ann Lorentzen is Professor of Social Ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.

Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

David Batstone is Associate Professor of Social Ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.

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Eduardo Mendieta
Eduardo Mendieta

Dwight N. Hopkins is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Lois Ann Lorentzen is Professor of Social Ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.

Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

David Batstone is Associate Professor of Social Ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.

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David Batstone
David Batstone

Dwight N. Hopkins is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Lois Ann Lorentzen is Professor of Social Ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.

Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

David Batstone is Associate Professor of Social Ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-8040-5
Publication date:
2001

For the majority of cultures around the world, religion permeates and informs everyday rituals of survival and hope. But religion also has served as the foundation for national differences, racial conflicts, class exploitation, and gender discrimination. Indeed, religious spirituality, having been transformed by contemporary economic and political events, remains both empowering and controversial. Religions/Globalizations examines the extent to which globalization and religion are inseparable terms, bound up with each other in a number of critical and mutually revealing ways.

As the contributors to this work suggest, a crucial component of globalization—the breakdown of familiar boundaries and power balances—may open a space in which religion can be deployed to help refabricate new communities. Examples of such deployments can be found in the workings of liberation theology in Latin America. In other cases, however, the operations of globalization have provided a space for strident religious nationalism and identity disputes to flourish. Is there in fact a dialectical tension between religion and globalization, a codependence and codeterminism? While religion can be seen as a globalizing force, it has also been transformed and even victimized by globalization.

A provocative assessment of a contemporary phenomenon with both cultural and political dimensions, Religions/Globalizations will interest not only scholars in religious studies but also those studying Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Contributors. David Batstone, Berit Bretthauer, Enrique Dussel, Dwight N. Hopkins, Mark Juergensmeyer, Lois Ann Lorentzen, Eduardo Mendieta, Vijaya Rettakudi Nagarajan, Kathryn Poethig, Lamin Sanneh, Linda E. Thomas

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