Chapter 9: Glocalization and the religious field
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This chapter explores the role of glocalization in the religious field. While mainly focusing on glocalization as a conceptual tool for the analysis of the production of religious localities, it also takes into account alternative approaches that have self-reflexively addressed the issues of religious hybridization/creolization as processes requiring the interplay of both ‚'global' and 'local' factors. In addition to an overview of the most substantial contributions and some emic uses of the term glocalization, this chapter discusses some of the main patterns and issues in the study of religion and glocalization. Among these, its multi/inter-disciplinarity, the variety of foci, the prevalence of synchronic perspectives, and the apparent under-theorization of the concept of glocal religion. It concludes with an exploration of some new directions for research, including a deeper engagement with the factors underlying the process of glocalization and with the issue of how to relate glocalization to other dimensions of religions' globalization.

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