Imagining Religious Communities

Transnational Hindus and their Narrative Performances

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9780190099817

Publication date:

12/08/2019

Hardback

264 pages

235.0x156.0mm

Price: 1100.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780190099817

Publication date:

12/08/2019

Hardback

264 pages

235.0x156.0mm

Jennifer B. Saunders

Rights:  OUP USA (INDIAN TERRITORY)

Jennifer B. Saunders

Description

Imagining Religious Communities tells the story of the Gupta family through the personal and religious narratives they tell as they create and maintain their extended family and community across national borders. Based on ethnographic research, the book demonstrates the ways that transnational communities are involved in shaping their experiences through narrative performances. 
Jennifer B. Saunders demonstrates that narrative performances shape participants' social realities in multiple ways: they define identities, they create connections between community members living on opposite sides of national borders, and they help create new homes amidst increasing mobility. The narratives are religious and include epic narratives such as excerpts from the Ramayana as well as personal narratives with dharmic implications. Saunders' analysis combines scholarly understandings of the ways in which performances shape the contexts in which they are told, indigenous comprehension of the power that reciting certain narratives can have on those who hear them, and the theory that social imaginaries define new social realities through expressing the aspirations of communities. Imagining Religious Communities argues that this Hindu community's religious narrative performances significantly contribute to shaping their transnational lives.

About the Author

Jennifer B. Saunders is an independent scholar living in Stamford, CT. She has taught in a number of colleges and universities in the Southeast, Midwest, and Northeast. Her research interests include the transmission of Hindu devotional songs among middle class women in India and beyond specifically and religion and migration generally. She has published articles on transnational Hinduism in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Religion Compass and Nova Religio. She is co-founder of the American Academy of Religion's Religion and Migration Group and a co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Religion and Global Migration series.

Jennifer B. Saunders

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on Transliteration and Translation
List of Figures

Introduction: Satya's Story: Transnational Social Networks, Narrative Performances, and Religion
Chapter 1: On the Importance of Mandalis: Transnational Communities, Social Imaginaries, and Narrative Performance
Chapter 2: New Opportunities, The Brain Drain, and the Guptas
Chapter 3: Growing Up Indian, Becoming Immigrants: Interpreting Immigration Narratives
Chapter 4: "One's own home is better than all other places": Creating Family and Home as Transmigrants
Chapter 5: Neither Black nor White: Moving to the Atlanta of the New South
Chapter 6: Sundarkand: Performing Community and Religion
Conclusion: Toward a Transnational Hinduism

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Jennifer B. Saunders

Features

  • Based on ethnographic research with a transnational Hindu family and their community
  • Explores how religion and personal storytelling shape immigrant identities and communities
  • Locates participants' personal narratives in larger historical, political, religious, and family contexts

Jennifer B. Saunders

Review

"Imagining Religious Communties is a pioneering study of how some members of the first generation of Hindu immigrants to the United States re-invented their ritual traditions in order to develop new religious communities for themselves and their neighbors. By enabling these now-aging immigrants to speak for themselves, Jennifer Saunders provides a model for how the discipline of Religous Studies can help us understand the important place religion has in defining community." -- Paul Younger, author of New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji and East Africa

"In the study of transnational flows, the grand survey predominates. What Saunders exquisitely demonstrates in this book is the overlooked value of attending closely to how global social dynamics manifest themselves in and are shaped by the narrative performances of specific individuals and their extended family networks. Through perceptive, multi-sited, ethnographic description, Saunders excavates the role that religion -- itself always in a state of becoming -- plays in processes of transnational cultural identify formation." -- Chad Bauman, author of Pentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India

"An intimate study of religion-infused global networks, where micro-analyses give way to macro-perspectives. Working closely with a single family whose members are spread across the planet, Saunders deftly demonstrates how personal narratives create social realities that reflect and connect disparate worlds. This book brings the transnational down to earth, with real people giving it shape, one family and one story at a time." -- Corinne Dempsey, author of The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York: Breaking Convention and Making Home at a North American Hindu Temple

Jennifer B. Saunders

Description

Imagining Religious Communities tells the story of the Gupta family through the personal and religious narratives they tell as they create and maintain their extended family and community across national borders. Based on ethnographic research, the book demonstrates the ways that transnational communities are involved in shaping their experiences through narrative performances. 
Jennifer B. Saunders demonstrates that narrative performances shape participants' social realities in multiple ways: they define identities, they create connections between community members living on opposite sides of national borders, and they help create new homes amidst increasing mobility. The narratives are religious and include epic narratives such as excerpts from the Ramayana as well as personal narratives with dharmic implications. Saunders' analysis combines scholarly understandings of the ways in which performances shape the contexts in which they are told, indigenous comprehension of the power that reciting certain narratives can have on those who hear them, and the theory that social imaginaries define new social realities through expressing the aspirations of communities. Imagining Religious Communities argues that this Hindu community's religious narrative performances significantly contribute to shaping their transnational lives.

About the Author

Jennifer B. Saunders is an independent scholar living in Stamford, CT. She has taught in a number of colleges and universities in the Southeast, Midwest, and Northeast. Her research interests include the transmission of Hindu devotional songs among middle class women in India and beyond specifically and religion and migration generally. She has published articles on transnational Hinduism in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Religion Compass and Nova Religio. She is co-founder of the American Academy of Religion's Religion and Migration Group and a co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan's Religion and Global Migration series.

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Reviews

"Imagining Religious Communties is a pioneering study of how some members of the first generation of Hindu immigrants to the United States re-invented their ritual traditions in order to develop new religious communities for themselves and their neighbors. By enabling these now-aging immigrants to speak for themselves, Jennifer Saunders provides a model for how the discipline of Religous Studies can help us understand the important place religion has in defining community." -- Paul Younger, author of New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji and East Africa

"In the study of transnational flows, the grand survey predominates. What Saunders exquisitely demonstrates in this book is the overlooked value of attending closely to how global social dynamics manifest themselves in and are shaped by the narrative performances of specific individuals and their extended family networks. Through perceptive, multi-sited, ethnographic description, Saunders excavates the role that religion -- itself always in a state of becoming -- plays in processes of transnational cultural identify formation." -- Chad Bauman, author of Pentecostals, Proselytization, and Anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India

"An intimate study of religion-infused global networks, where micro-analyses give way to macro-perspectives. Working closely with a single family whose members are spread across the planet, Saunders deftly demonstrates how personal narratives create social realities that reflect and connect disparate worlds. This book brings the transnational down to earth, with real people giving it shape, one family and one story at a time." -- Corinne Dempsey, author of The Goddess Lives in Upstate New York: Breaking Convention and Making Home at a North American Hindu Temple

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on Transliteration and Translation
List of Figures

Introduction: Satya's Story: Transnational Social Networks, Narrative Performances, and Religion
Chapter 1: On the Importance of Mandalis: Transnational Communities, Social Imaginaries, and Narrative Performance
Chapter 2: New Opportunities, The Brain Drain, and the Guptas
Chapter 3: Growing Up Indian, Becoming Immigrants: Interpreting Immigration Narratives
Chapter 4: "One's own home is better than all other places": Creating Family and Home as Transmigrants
Chapter 5: Neither Black nor White: Moving to the Atlanta of the New South
Chapter 6: Sundarkand: Performing Community and Religion
Conclusion: Toward a Transnational Hinduism

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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