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Beliefs Beyond Borders and Communities of Faith

  • Lenore Manderson
  • Wendy Smith
  • Matt Tomlinson
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Abstract

This introduction illustrates the thematics of migration of peoples, faiths and the technologies and materials of religion. By comparing and contrasting old and new religions in a number of different Asian and Pacific settings, we highlight the tensions of globalisation and modernity – the challenges of minority faiths and religious institutions in dominant settings, the work involved in proselytisation, the imaginary and literal links among members of faith communities within and across borders, and the politics of religious adherence.

Keywords

Beliefs Beyond Borders faith communities Asian and Pacific settings proselytisation Spiritual Practice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology and PsychiatryMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Department of ManagementMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.College of Asia and the PacificAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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