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Religion and Pride

Hindus in Search of Recognition in La Réunion

Natalie Lang

234 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-027-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 2021)

eISBN 978-1-80073-028-1 eBook

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“Natalie Lang's book makes a remarkable contribution to the study of Hinduism outside India, addressing all those interested in religious ethnography and Creole societies.” • L’Homme

“Natalie Lang's book must be recommended to all those, specialists as well as non-specialists, who are interested in Hinduism and its contemporary developments in Creole societies. It is a pleasure to read and has all the scientific qualities to establish itself as one of the few general reference works on the subject. It remains to be hoped that this first book in English on Reunionese Hinduism will attract the attention of researchers outside the French-speaking world and generate new vocations.” • Archives de sciences sociales des religions

“This is a valuable study of Hindu religious practices in public space in La Réunion…The author’s descriptions and interpretations of the use of Hindu religion focus on the elite and middle class and how they use Hindu religion and identity and the rise of India as a global power to attain pride, social mobility, status and success.” • Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen


Seeking recognition presents an important driving force in the making of religious minorities, as is shown in this study that examines current debates on religion, globalization, diaspora, and secularism through the lens of Hindus living in the French overseas department of La Réunion. Through the examination of religious practices and public performance, the author offers a compelling study of how the Hindus of the island assert pride in their religion as a means of gaining recognition, self-esteem, and social status.

Natalie Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She received the Frobenius Research Award for her doctoral thesis, which she defended at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen.

Subject: Anthropology of ReligionAnthropology (General)
Area: Africa


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