This is a book about religion and global migration, with a specific focus on Canada.
In today’s world, the consequences and context of people relocating from one place with which they are familiar and in which they are embedded to another that is physically and culturally very different has taken on an abiding importance.
Human migration is nothing new in history. Rather the opposite is the case. It is quite common since the second world war. The question takes on specific qualities, however, depending on the particularities of different times, different places, and circumstances. The context of late twentieth and early twenty-first century global society has its salient peculiarities.
Some of the more significant include:
- Multi-directional and unprecedented migration flows that include almost all the inhabited parts of the globe, whether as places of origin, destination or both.
- rapid, thickly distributed, and intensively utilized global means of communication ranging from air travel to electronic connections.
- the use of those means of communication for a very wide variety of purposes, such as economic political, scientific, leisure, and religious.
- a resulting thick social connectivity of virtually all parts of the world with all other parts.
- significant processes of socio-structural and cultural homogenization across the globe.
- Equally significant and simultaneous processes of social and cultural heterogenization which manifest themselves across several levels ranging from the individual and group to the national and global-regional.
This is a book that is thorough and scholarly about how particular subgroups of migrants in particular places learn to live in a new place.
This book will show the reader that religions today are in the process of globalization and global reconstruction. Those of the second generation participate in this process in a unique way given their position in their societies.
In the Canadian case, the young adults of Buddhist and Hindu background are thus far minimally involved in this reconstruction which is not to say that their parents will not pick up the slack or that the younger generation will not do so in the future.
For the Muslims, many are actively involved in this process, although it is difficult to say how they are doing things differently compared to their counterparts in other countries.
This is a book that should be widely read by all scholars, Canadians, and people who are just interested in the cultural diversity of our times.
I loved this book because I was able to sink my teeth into a bit of a theoretical read about a topic that I am quite passionate about!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth