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Religion, Politics, and Globalization

Anthropological Approaches

Edited by Galina Lindquist and Don Handelman

316 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-771-6 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (January 2011)

ISBN  978-0-85745-904-6 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (December 2012)

eISBN 978-1-84545-546-0 eBook

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This edited volume is an excellent attempt to connect not just the concepts of religion and politics—a task  usually undertaken in a number of other publications—but also the forces of globalisation. The latter construct is of great significance to any current discussion of how religion and politics interact…this volume is to be commended for aptly translating the interactions of religion and politics in a globalised world, as diverse as they may be, in very clear terms.”  ·  Journal of Contemporary Religion

"This volume is an important contribution to current rethinking of the sociological categories of religion and the secular. As a whole the collection demonstrates the development of new perspectives and presents a number of highly relevant case studies…It is significant as part of a growing discourse aimed at re-addressing old issues in a fresh and highly insightful manner."  ·  Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen


While social scientists, beginning with Weber, envisioned a secularized world, religion today is forthrightly becoming a defining feature of life all around the globe. The complex connections between religion and politics, and the ways in which globalization shapes these processes, are central themes explored in this volume by leading scholars in the field of religion. Does the holism of numerous past and present day cosmologies mean that religions with their holistic orientations are integral to human existence? What happens when political ideologies and projects are framed as transcendental truths and justified by Divine authority? How are individual and collective identities shaped by religious rhetoric, and what are the consequences? Can mass murder, deemed terrorism, be understood as a form of ritual sacrifice, and if so, what are the implications for our sensibilities and practices as scholars and citizens? Using empirical material, from historical analyses of established religions to the everyday strife of marginalized groups such as migrants and dissident movements, this volume deepens the understanding of processes that shape the contemporary world.

Galina Lindquist (1955–2008) was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University. She received her Ph.D. in 1998, and did fieldwork among neo-shamans in Sweden, among alternative healing practitioners and patients in Moscow, and among shamans and lamas in Tyva, in southern Siberia. She authored Conjuring Hope: Healing and Magic in Contemporary Russia (2006), The Quest for the Authentic Shaman: Multiple Meanings of Shamanism on a Siberian Journey (2006), coedited four volumes, and published numerous articles in professional journals.

Don Handelman is Shaine Professor Emeritus at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He has authored Models and Mirrors: Towards an Anthropology of Public Events (1998) and Nationalism and the Israeli State (2004), and co-authored (with David Shulman) God Inside Out: Siva’s Game of Dice (1997) and Siva in the Forest of Pines: An Essay on Sorcery and Self-Knowledge (2004).

Subject: Anthropology of ReligionAnthropology (General)


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