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Imagining Religious Communities: Transnational Hindus and their Narrative Performances

Jennifer B. Saunders


Based on ethnographic research with a transnational Hindu family and its social networks, this book examines the ways that middle-class Hindu communities are engaged actively in creating and maintaining their communities. Imagination as a social practice has been a crucial component of defining a transnational life in the moments between actual contact across borders, and the narratives community members tell are key components of communicating these social imaginaries. Narrative performances shape participants’ social realities in multiple ways: they define identities, they create connections ... More

Keywords: immigration, Hindu, transnationalism, narrative performance, ethnography, Ramayana, family, imagination, globalization, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190941222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190941222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer B. Saunders, author
Independent Scholar