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Redefining the Boundaries of Belonging: The Institutional Character of Transnational Religious Life

Peggy Levitt
Sociology of Religion
Vol. 65, No. 1 (Spring, 2004), pp. 1-18
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3712504
Page Count: 18
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Redefining the Boundaries of Belonging: The Institutional Character of Transnational Religious Life
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Abstract

Religious life has long been global. Contemporary migrants extend these ties by transnationalizing everyday religious life. While much has been written about transnational economic and political practices, transnational religious life is not well understood. This paper examines the institutional characteristics of transnational religiosity and has three broad goals. First, it reviews this emerging body of literature and proposes an approach to the study of transnational migrants' religious practices. Second, it proposes three types of extended, negotiated, and recreated transnational religious organizations. Finally, it begins to untangle the relationship between transnational religion and politics.

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