Essay: Religion and Globalization
Sociology and Anthropology
Sociologists of religion have usually treated globalization as a cause of religious developments, which is not false. Religion also, however, affects globalization in four ways. 1) It contributes to new ways of conceiving of the global field. 2) It contributes to 'glocalization', which is the increased heterogeneity that globalization brings. 3) It both highlights and shapes power relations in new ways, including South-South connections. 4) It sheds new light on sacred processes outside of religious organization. Each of these is a fruitful area for study.
Newsletter of the Section on Religion, American Sociological Association