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Sociology and Anthropology

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This chapter looks at the relationship between religion and global culture -- the commonly shared set of ideas that undergird our current globalization. These include such things as the idea of intrinsic human rights, the idea that every person has an ethnicity,, and the idea that people's religions (or non-religions) are often a core part of their identity. The first task is to outline how religion has aided such ideas’ growth, as well as the role that such ideas have played in shaping contemporary religion. My second task is to examine the quasi-religious nature of some of these ideas—and the social consequences of such quasi-religiosity. (Space forces me to be brief on all counts.)

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

Globalization, Religion, and Culture

Editors

Peter Beyer & Lori Beaman

Series Title

International Studies in Religion and Society

Publisher

E.J. Brill

Place of Publication

Leiden Netherlands

Publication Date

2007

Pages

235-250

ISBN

9789004154070

Keywords

religion, globalization, global culture, human rights

Disciplines

International Relations | Religion | Sociology of Religion

Document Version

Preprint

'Religion' in Global Culture: New Directions in an Increasingly Self-Conscious World

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