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New Transnational Communities And Networks: Globalization Changes In Civilizational Frameworks

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One of the most important phenomena in the contemporary global scene has been the development of transnational communities and networks, which are mostly but not only religious and/or ethnic associations. ?Diasporic" communities such as ?overseas" Chinese or Indian communities have existed for long periods of history. Similarly, transnational or transimperial religions have a long history. Intercivilizational ?anti-globalization" or anti-hegemonic tendencies combined with an ambivalent attitude towards the cosmopolitan centers of globalization developed in most historical cases of globalization be it in the Hellenistic, Roman, Chinese Confucian, Hinduistic or classical Islamic. The new transworld communities and networks constituted not only a new organizational or structural element on the contemporary scene, but also one of the foci of the reconstitution of collective identities, of political activities, of modes of interlinking between them through multiple transglobal networks, and of new civilizational visions of great civilizational transformations.

Keywords: intercivilizational framework; transnational communities



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