Converting Cultures: Religion, Ideology, and Transformations of Modernity
Dennis Dennis Charles Washburn, A. Kevin Reinhart
BRILL, 2007 - Social Science - 507 pages
This volume fundamentally improves our understanding of processes like the secularization of society, and the growth of mass ideological movements, by looking upon these "transformations to modernity" as a species of conversion akin to "religious conversion," The geographical areas covered by the contributors-the Ottoman domain, India, China, and Japan-provide striking examples of the dynamic force of conversion as a reaction to the tremendous pressures exerted by colonialism and imperialism and by the types of transformations constitutive of modernity.
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