Volume 35: Issue 3-4 (Nov 2022): Special Issue: Religious Actors, Care, and Mood in the Time of COVID-19
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✍️ Jérémy JAMMES, Chang-Yau Hoon, Chad BAUMAN, Anne Mette FISKER-NIELSEN, Andar NUBOWO, Jose Mario FRANCISCO, Yannick FER, Birgitte STAMPE HOLST, Byung Ho CHOI, Diane-Sophie GIRIN, Thierry MAIRE and Sabine ROUSSEAU
The introduction to this special issue considers the interdisciplinary study of religious sentiments, religious care and social actions during the COVID-19 outbreak in South-, East- and Southeast Asia. Our approach in terms of nodes and polarisation allows one to visualise a bundle of religious and secular actors and interests, as well as original strategies and actions, in time of pandemic, which sometimes challenge local regimes of truth and authority. In many cases, faith-based NGO s have been complementing the State, activating their powerful channels of mission in urban and rural areas, under the guise of combating COVID-19 crisis. The studies presented here examine several Asian religious actors during this period of COVID-19 crisis; and the ways in which their creative digitalised measures of worship, protection and healing, and their participation in urgent public health and care provisions, have given them the opportunity to renegotiate their relationships with States and societies.
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