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Religion and globalisation: bringing anthropology and international relations together in the study of religious-political transnational movements

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This article considers how anthropology could stake more of a contribution to the field of religion and globalisation. Anthropology presents itself as a critique of power highlighting how it operates through globalisation to marginalise groups at the local level. Anthropologists consider religion to be a source of identify. Rituals are given importance in anthropological research as vehicles through which adherents express feelings of exclusion and make sense of the world around them. Also, it is within ritual spaces that adherents decide how to respond to or/and act in the world. Both anthropology and international relations view transnational religious-political movements as one way in which adherents resist and challenge aspects of globalisation. Combining these disciplines could provide a more comprehensive analysis into what motivates individuals to join a movement. In turn this research could provide more evidence and explanation for religion's rootedness in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-279
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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