About the Book :
Globalization has created great discontinuities. Its passion for profit is making people more acquisitive in terms of status, power and the yearning for consumer goods. There is a sense of disorientation and helplessness that is reflected in the increasing distorted religiosity among people. This book offers a fresh look at the phenomenon of globalization and religion. The various chapters in this book offer an overwhelming influence of globalizationon cultural dimensions of life, religion, identities, environment, and education and on marginalized communities. While the economic and political impact of globalization has been studied substantially, the unique contribution of this book is the focus on the cultural impact of globalization. The book also studies the aggressive economic policies and growth strategies which push people to turn to religion as a scapegoat which leads to the resurgence of religion in the globalized world of today. The book asks certain pertinent questions like whether such religiosity has resulted in lesser corruption, more ethical way of living and deeper humanization process. These reflections in the book will help the readers to respond proactively to the emerging crisis of today. This book will be an insightful reading for sociologists, anthropologists, missionaries and social workers for their efforts towards building a more humane society today.
About Author :
Scaria Pannackal is the Director of The Institute of Indian Culture a Research Centre for the study of Culture, Religion and Society. He has his Doctorate in Social Philosophy from the University of Pune. He has Published Articles on various aspects of Culture and Religion. Presently, he also teaches at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.
Vasundhara Mohan acquired her MA degree in History from Manasa Gangotri, Mysore University. After acquiring her PhD for her work on the Muslims of Sri Lanka from the Department of Political Science, Rajasthan University, Jaipur, she joined the Centre of Soviet Studies, Mumbai University in 1984 and retired as Associate Professor in 2006.
From 2007 to 2014 she was associated with the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, founded by Late Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer. During this period she developed special in interest in the empowerment of Muslim women and organised a number of workshops for Muslim women in different parts of the country.
She has also written and published a number of books. She has also published a number of articles on Muslim women.
She has widely travelled in Sri Lanka, USA, UK, Soviet Union/Russia, Thailand etc., for participation and presentation of research papers. Presently, she is working as Programme Director at the Institute of Indian Culture, Mumbai.