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Transnational Transcendence

Essays on Religion and Globalization

Thomas J. Csordas (Editor)


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This innovative collection examines the transnational movements, effects, and transformations of religion in the contemporary world, offering a fresh perspective on the interrelation between globalization and religion. Transnational Transcendence challenges some widely accepted ideas about this relationship—in particular, that globalization can be understood solely as an economic phenomenon and that its religious manifestations are secondary. The book points out that religion's role remains understudied and undertheorized as an element in debates about globalization, and it raises questions about how and why certain forms of religious practice and intersubjectivity succeed as they cross national and cultural boundaries. Framed by Thomas J. Csordas's introduction, this timely volume both urges further development of a theory of religion and globalization and constitutes an important step toward that theory.

Praise For Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization

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

“Few studies of transnationalism or globalization have treated religion in such theoretical depth. . . . Recommended.”
— Choice

“The volume is a sub substantial contribution to scholarship on globalization.”
— Journal Royal Anthro Inst

“In a short review one cannot do justice to a collection like this. [It] cries out for a more detailed response.”
— Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

University of California Press, 9780520257429, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2009

About 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.