Migration and Religion in Europe: Comparative Perspectives on South Asian Experiences

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Ester Gallo
Routledge, Apr 22, 2016 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Religious practices and their transformation are crucial elements of migrants' identities and are increasingly politicized by national governments in the light of perceived threats to national identity. As new immigrant flows shape religious pluralism in Europe, longstanding relations between the State and Church are challenged, together with majority-faith traditions and societies’ ways of representing and perceiving themselves. With attention to variations according to national setting, this volume explores the process of reformulating religious identities and practices amongst South Asian 'communities' in European contexts, Presenting a wide range of ethnographies, including studies of Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism and Islam amongst migrant communities in contexts as diverse as Norway, Italy, the UK, France and Portugal, Migration and Religion in Europe sheds light on the meaning of religious practices to diasporic communities. It examines the manner in which such practices can be used by migrants and local societies to produce distance or proximity, as well as their political significance in various 'host' nations. Offering insights into the affirmation of national identities and cultures and the implications of this for governance and political discourse within Europe, this book will appeal to scholars with interests in anthropology, religion and society, migration, transnationalism and gender.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 A Universal Hinduism? Dancing Coloniality in Multicultural London
29
Travelling Nuns between Europe and South Asia
45
Interfaith Harmony and Womens Rights in Norway
59
Settling Jainism and Hinduism in the Belgian Public Sphere
77
Gender and Generation in the Public Sphere
93
Public Faces of Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu Life in Switzerland
111
7 Buddhist Hindu Kirati or Something Else? Nepali Strategies of Religious Belonging in the UK and Belgium
131
8 Hindutva and its Discontents in Denmark
155
Khalsa Identity from Mimesis to Display
171
Migration Religion and Belonging of PortugueseGoan Brahmans Converted to Catholicism
193
Inventing Strategies of Visibility and Legitimacy in a Plural Monoculturalist Society
211
Shifting Images of Hinduism in Germany
233
Catholicism Domestic Labour and Identity Politics among Malayalis in Rome
249
Index
267
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Ester Gallo is Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Gediz, Izmir, Turkey.

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