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To be sure, people who speak from a religious perspective and with religious motivation are well represented in the massed choirs that sing about globalization, but for the most part their voices address the effects of globalization and how religion should respond to globalization. Religion, it seems, is somehow ‘outside’ looking at globalization as problem or potential. Although this introductory chapter cannot be the place to provide a detailed justification, it is entirely arguable that the rise of globalization discussions-which in their early social scientific and business forms began roughly, and with various antecedents, in the very early 1980s- coincided with the rise to prominence of religious movements tagged ‘fundamentalisms’. Like capitalism and the nation-state, religion and religiousness are an integral aspect of whatever we mean by globalization-unless arbitrarily delimited to the contrary-and have been since its inception, wherever and whenever this is located.

Keywords: fundamentalisms; globalization; religious movements



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