Multiculturalism, immigrant religion, and diasporic nationalism: The development of an American Hinduism

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Abstract

Hinduism has undergone several modifications in interpretation, practice, and organization in the United States in the process of being institutionalized as an American religion. While Hindu American spokespersons espouse a genteel pluralism and attempt to use Hinduism to secure a place at the American multicultural table, they also use the ideology of multiculturalism to justify and legitimize a militant Hindu nationalism. Drawing on this contradiction, the article develops a theoretical model to explain 1) why multiculturalism often seems to exacerbate émigré nationalism, and 2) why religion is often involved directly or indirectly in this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-385
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Problems
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

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  • Sociology and Political Science

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