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Global Diversities

The Secular in South, East, and Southeast Asia

Editors: Dean, Kenneth, van der Veer, Peter (Eds.)

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  • Presents new analysis and research on secularism from across Asia, including both urban and rural areas
  • Provides a comparative perspective, examining different religious developments within Asia, and between Asia and the West
  • Contests the dominant historical narrative of secularization demonstrating its limited applicability outside of the Euro-American historical context
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About this book

This innovative edited collection provides a comprehensive analysis of modern secularism across Asia which contests and expands prevailing accounts that have predominantly focused on the West. Its authors highlight that terms like ‘secular’, ‘secularization’, and ‘secularism’ do not carry the same meanings in the very different historical and cultural contexts of Asia. Critiquing Charles Taylor’s account of secularism, this book examines what travelled and what not in ‘the imperial encounter’ between Western secular modernity and other traditions outside of the West. Throughout the book, state responses to religion at different points in Chinese and South-East Asian history are carefully considered, providing a nuanced and in-depth understanding of post-secular strategies and relations in these areas. Particular attention is given to Catholicism in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore, and Hinduism and Chinese religion in Malaysia, Singapore, and India. This theoretically engaged work will appeal to students and scholars of Asian studies, anthropology, religious studies, history, sociology, and political science.


About the authors

Kenneth Dean is Professor and Director of Chinese Studies at National University Singapore.

Peter van der Veer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, and Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.



Reviews

“An ambitious engagement with Charles Taylor’s magnum opus: A Secular Age, taking issue with his Eurocentrism. Several essays counter Taylor’s vision of uni-directional development of secularism with examples of the re-enchantment of contemporary Asian nation-states, capitalist institutions, and popular religion. The communal nature of Asian popular religions problematize Taylor’s narrative that secularization occurs through the “buffered self.” This book is an indispensable companion or corrective to Taylor – it tells the story of secularism in Asia, from where a huge chunk of human population and capital now hails.” (Mayfair Yang, Religious Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Dean, Kenneth (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Asian Catholicism, Interreligious Colonial Encounters and Dynamics of Secularism in Asia

    Casanova, José

    Pages 13-35

  • The Secular in India and China

    Veer, Peter

    Pages 37-50

  • Spirit Mediums and Secular–Religious Divides in Singapore

    Dean, Kenneth

    Pages 51-81

  • Secularization, Sacralization and Subject Formation in Modern China

    Palmer, David A. (et al.)

    Pages 83-105

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89369-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89368-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Secular in South, East, and Southeast Asia
Editors
  • Kenneth Dean
  • Peter van der Veer
Series Title
Global Diversities
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89369-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89369-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89368-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 325
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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