From global missionizing among proselytic faiths to mass migration through religious diasporas, religion has traveled from one side of the world and back again. It continues to play a prominent role in shaping world politics and has been a vital force in the continued emergence, spread, and creation of a transnational civil society. Exploring how religious roots are shaping organizations that seek to aid people across political and geographic boundaries - 'service movements' - this book focuses on how religious movements establish structures to assist people with basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and health. Examining a multitude of faith traditions with origins in different parts of the world, seven contributing chapters, with an introduction and conclusions by the senior author, offer a unique discussion of the intersections between religious transnationalism and social movements.
’By drawing upon and weaving together theoretical debates about transnational migration, religion, and social movements, the contributors to this volume show readers how service movements work, who they help, and what some of their effects are. Much of what we know about these groups is based on studies of Christian faith-based organizations and non-governmental organizations from the global north. Because Global Religious Movements Across Borders includes case studies from India, Japan, Nigeria, and the Philippines, among others, it broadens our empirical understanding while producing fresh grist with which to theorize.’ Sociology of Religion 'The study of transnational global service movements rooted in religious traditions is a new and fascinating field of enquiry that demands scholarly involvement.' Fieldwork in Religion
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