Immigration, community formation, political incorporation, and why religion matters: Migration and settlement patterns of the Indian Diaspora

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Abstract

Because of the secularity of sociology, religion remains a relatively marginal field of study and the insights of the sociology of religion are generally ignored or overlooked within other subfields. But religion can be a force that deeply influences personal, community, and national life in nonobvious ways through shaping the social and political structures of society. Consequently, including an analysis of religion as a fundamental factor of social life could greatly enrich and even transform many subfields of sociology. In this essay, I focus on the sociology of migration and immigration, my area of research, and show how religion plays a central role in social, economic, and political processes surrounding migration. Drawing on case studies of migration and immigration of groups from India based on my research and that of others, I discuss how religion, through a variety of indirect and direct mechanisms, shapes migration patterns, remittance use, social incorporation into receiving societies, and forms of political mobilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-536
Number of pages13
JournalSociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
Volume75
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Indian diaspora
  • immigration
  • migration
  • politics
  • religion
  • transnationalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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