The proposal is for a modular text in the sociology of religion. The field shades into Theology/Religious Studies but the core market is sociology of religion.

Buddhism and Hinduism in a Globalized World

Buddhism and hinduism in a globalized world

After Reading this Chapter you Will:

  • possess an insight into how globalization is affecting Hinduism and Buddhism;
  • understand the patterns and processes of religious migration; and
  • be able to explain why ‘Eastern’ religious ideas are popular in the West.

‘Maeve’ (not her real name) is a 23-year-old Australian university student. I interviewed her as part of a study on contemporary belief in the afterlife (see Singleton 2012). She thinks that after she dies she might be reincarnated: ‘I'm just open to it I suppose. I don't like to think there is nothing.’ Maeve is not a religious person; she was raised as a Catholic but no longer considers herself ...

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