New Religions and Globalization: Empirical, Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives

New Religions and Globalization: Empirical, Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives

New Religions and Globalization: Empirical, Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives

New Religions and Globalization: Empirical, Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives

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As mentioned in the Preface, the Danish Research Council for the Humanities granted us the funding for the project “Globalization and New Religions – Local and Global” for a period of four years, from 1998 to 2002. In that period the research council identified globalization as one of its main themes in its research strategy for the humanities, realizing that globalization is not only a political-economic process but has profound cultural significance. This view cannot come as a surprise to scholars of globalization; in dealing with religion and globalization, the cultural aspects of globalization are obviously central. We note with satisfaction that the humanities quite early on realized that globalization is an important theme to study, also for other researchers than specialists in globalization studies. Certainly, the impact that globalization has had on the international political scene has proven this stance to be correct. Our publication helps highlight a much needed balance between technical, social and cultural factors.

Globalization is a process that may be spelled in two different ways – with a ‘z’ or an ‘s’ – but may be described in many more! Among other things, globalization is a term taking note of the fact that contemporary nations and their citizens are in varying degrees involved in a world-wide process of integration where money, goods, cultural items and people are moving more and more freely across borders. This integration would not be possible without revolutionary technological innovations in physical transportation, electronic communication, and data processing. Internationalization of the economy and rapid growth in international communications are salient features of globalization, but a global political integration of societies is also a discernible feature.

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