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Winged Faith: Rethinking Globalization and Religious Pluralism through the Sathya Sai Movement Paperback – June 10, 2010

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231149336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231149334
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,735,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A welcome addition to our catalog of religious movements and a timely reminder that circulation does not flow in only one direction -- and never will again.

(Jack David Eller Anthropology Review Database)

[An] informative and erudite book.

(Alexandra Kent Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 1900-01-00)

a rich and challenging text.

(Hanna H. Kim H-Asia)

Winged Faith is a readable and carefully documented account of an extraordinary modern religious figure, but its appeal is much wider. It is an important contribution to the literature on globalization and a valuable corrective to the pervasive view that globalization, especially cultural globalization, is simply westernization.

(Bryan S. Turner Society)

It is a book that should be widely read by scholars and people coming from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives.

(Amit Chaturvedi Contemporary South Asia 1900-01-00)

Srinivas' impressive study argues for new visions of pluralism that hinge upon an engaged cosmopolitanism...One hopes Srinivas' impressive work will be read by scholars from numerous fields, as its reach is incredibly broad.

(Jeffrey M. Brackett Journal of Hindu Studies 1900-01-00)


Tulasi Srinivas shows a superb ability to juxtapose contemporary theoretical concerns among scholars of globalization and transnational theory with ethnographic work done on a growing Indian tradition. Adept at negotiating the intricacies of many academic dialogues, Srinivas shows she is a polyglot intellectual.

(Deepak Sarma, Case Western University)

More About the Author

Tulasi Srinivas is a specialist on South Asia, specifically India.Her research concerns the cultural politics of religion and the processes of globalization. Srinivas's work engages cross-disciplinary and comparative analysis of ideology, experience and subjectivity, and her research sits at the intersection of urban anthropology, cultural anthropology, consumption studies and religious studies. Initially trained as an architect, Srinivas brings an interest in space and cities to her analysis of culture and religion. Between 1998 and 1999 she was the site director for India of a ten nation study on cultural globalization undertaken by the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University, and the Harvard Academy of International and Area studies, funded by the Pew foundation and the Smith Richardson foundation. She has held several prestigious fellowships including the Earhart women fellowship at Boston University (1997), a teaching fellowship at Boston University (2001), a senior post doctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University (2002) and, most recently, as a fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University (2006-2007). Prior to coming to Emerson she has taught at Wheaton College, Boston University and Tufts University. She has published in Space and Culture, The International Journal of Sociology of the Family, Food, Culture and Society, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and The Journal of Social and Economic Development.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Norris on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Winged Faith is a significant contribution to the understanding of globalization, transnationalism, and religion. This very thorough study of the Satya Sai Baba movement examines proximity (spatial & temporal) to sacred centers, religious objects & materiality, secrecy & control (of bodies & information), sacred play & work, identity, meaning-making, and much more. Extensive fieldwork provides depth and context, and informs Srinivas' skillful analysis. Of particular note is her questioning of the assumption that globalization generally moves from the West outward, which this study clearly demonstrates is not the case. Her focus on the "process-based understanding of cultural translation" and insights into the movements of people, ideas, contexts, and meanings are valuable for scholars, students, and anyone else interested in globalization, religion, anthropology, and the ways that people negotiate body, culture and meaning.
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