"Globalizing the Sacred breaks new ground in our understanding of
the transnational role of religion. Based on case studies in the
Americas, this book challenges modernist assumptions about the ways
Christians communicate and interact in an increasingly global
world. Vasquez and Marquardt demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge
of transnational theory as they engage debates related to hybrid
identities, the transformative impact of the Internet, and the
increasing flow of migrants across national borders." --Donald E.
Miller, executive director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture,
University of Southern California "A magnificent exploration of the
multiple ways local religion shapes and is shaped by its
institutional, regional, and global contexts. Locating their
analysis at the crossroads between religious studies and emerging
literature on globalization, Vasquez and Marquardt masterfully
interweave theory and case studies to provide essential insights
for understanding religion and social change in the twenty-first
century." --Timothy Matovina, director, Cushwa Center for the Study
of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame Drawing on case
studies in the United States and Latin America, Manuel A. Vasquez
and Marie Friedmann Marquardt explore the evolving roles of
religion in the Americas in the face of globalization,
transnational migration, the rapid growth of culture industries,
the rise of computer mediated technologies, and the crisis of
modernity. Combining ethnographic research in local congregations,
studies of material culture and sacred space, textual analyses, and
approaches to mass and electronic media, the authors challenge
dominant paradigms in the sociology of religion. Manuel A. Vasquez
is an associate professor of religion at the University of Florida,
Gainesville. He is the author of The Brazilian Popular Church and
the Crisis of Modernity and is coeditor of Christianity, Social
Change, and Globalization in the Americas (Rutgers University
Press). Marie Friedmann Marquardt is a Ph.D. candidate in the
sociology of religion at Emory University.
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