Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas by Manuel A. Vasquez, Marie F. Marquardt

By Manuel A. Vasquez, Marie F. Marquardt

"Globalizing the Sacred breaks new flooring in our knowing of the transnational function of faith. in keeping with case experiences within the Americas, this publication demanding situations modernist assumptions concerning the methods Christians converse and engage in an more and more worldwide international. Vasquez and Marquardt reveal a worldly wisdom of transnational thought as they interact debates with regards to hybrid identities, the transformative influence of the web, and the expanding circulation of migrants throughout nationwide borders." --Donald E. Miller, govt director, middle for faith and Civic tradition, collage of Southern California "A wonderful exploration of the a number of methods neighborhood faith shapes and is formed through its institutional, local, and worldwide contexts. finding their research on the crossroads among spiritual reports and rising literature on globalization, Vasquez and Marquardt masterfully interweave conception and case reports to supply crucial insights for knowing faith and social swap within the twenty-first century." --Timothy Matovina, director, Cushwa heart for the learn of yank Catholicism, college of Notre Dame Drawing on case reports within the usa and Latin the US, Manuel A. Vasquez and Marie Friedmann Marquardt discover the evolving roles of faith within the Americas within the face of globalization, transnational migration, the swift progress of tradition industries, the increase of laptop mediated applied sciences, and the quandary of modernity. Combining ethnographic study in neighborhood congregations, stories of fabric tradition and sacred area, textual analyses, and techniques to mass and digital media, the authors problem dominant paradigms within the sociology of faith. Manuel A. Vasquez is an affiliate professor of faith on the collage of Florida, Gainesville. he's the writer of The Brazilian renowned Church and the challenge of Modernity and is coeditor of Christianity, Social swap, and Globalization within the Americas (Rutgers collage Press). Marie Friedmann Marquardt is a Ph.D. candidate within the sociology of faith at Emory college.

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Gill 1998: 199). This impoverished notion of choice and practice fails to account for how decisions are patterned among particular groups of people. Stark and Finke argue that preferences and tastes are subject to variation sometimes “so idiosyncratic that people have no idea how they came to like certain things. As the old adage says, ‘There’s no accounting for tastes’” (2000: 38). ”9 Pierre Bourdieu (1977) offers a richer way of looking at how religious activities are shaped by the consumer’s enduring yet flexible dispositions molded by his or her trajectory and position in various meso- and macrocontexts, including class divisions and racial and gender formations.

Subcultural-identity theory operates under what we may call a “horticultural model” of culture and religion. In this model, “the activity of culture, LIMITS OF DOMINANT AND EMERGING MODELS as suggested by the etymological links to ‘gardening’, has been conventionally associated with the cultivation of a territory. Every culture is supposed to come from somewhere, to have its place in the world” (Papastergiadis 2000: 103). In this conventional understanding, cultures are construed as “being formed in particular territorial relationships with carefully established borders, separating one from another.

Secularization as structural differentiation is still a valuable analytical tool. For one thing, it tells us a great deal about the aspirations of the social sciences, their need to set themselves apart as autonomous and objective disciplines vis-à-vis religion construed as primitive knowledge, ideology, or false consciousness. This need explains why religion occupies such a central place in the early writings of sociology’s founders. In this sense, secularization is not just a tool to describe changes ushered in by modernity but also a normative narrative through which the social sciences have constructed their genealogy and established authority.

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