Religion, Migration and Diasporas

Garbin, David (2018) Religion, Migration and Diasporas. In: The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley. E-ISBN 978-1-118-92439-6. (doi:10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2255) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Although religious globalization is a contemporary reality, dynamics of religious mobility and religious expansion linked to trade, imperialism, or conquest originated long before the consolidation of the modern international system. In many religious traditions, mobility is also sacralized, at the center of a theological and symbolic universe. Today, migrants and diasporas are key actors in the contemporary growth of globe?spanning religious networks. This interplay of globalization, migration, and religion has been dramatically intensified by rapid innovations in transport and electronic communications. Among migrant communities and diasporas, religion is seen as providing a moral guide and spiritual compass, operating as a sanctuary. Transnational religious networks, flows, and circulations of people, ideas, images, values, and norms also impact on sending contexts, sometimes creating new modes of cultural distinction, leading to social tensions and conflicts. These flows are multidirectional, producing polycentric geographies, a process that challenges the idea of center–periphery power dynamics often associated with the capitalist world system.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea2255
Uncontrolled keywords: anthropology of religion, diaspora, migration
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: David Garbin
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2018 13:53 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70106 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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