Globalization, Women's Transnational Migration, and Religious De-traditioning

Kathryn Tanner

in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199273881
Published online January 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Globalization, Women's Transnational Migration, and Religious De-traditioning

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Far-flung movements of women from disadvantaged areas of the world to more advantaged ones are at the heart of the present configuration of global capitalism. Rather than simply leaving their countries of origin to set up temporary or permanent residence elsewhere, women who move in today's global economy, in order to take jobs as housekeepers or nannies (for example), are typically transnational migrants. Even as they settle into new places, their lives remain bound up with where they came from, in virtue of rather dense social and familial networks bridging national boundaries. Connected simultaneously in this way to at least two places at once, these women are working out in their everyday lives a fundamental reconfiguration of the way cultural traditions are set up and maintained, with significant implications for the understanding of religious traditions in particular. This chapter shows that, in the lives of these women, coming undone is the familiar association of tradition with the intergenerational transmission of an already established way of life by means of face-to-face interactions in a single location.

Keywords: globalization; capitalism; transnational migration; migrant workers; women

Article.  8078 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Interfaith Relations ; Religious Studies

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