TOPIC.: Mercenaries and Missionaries: When Global Capitalism Meets Global Catholicism
What happens when new cultures of capitalism and Christianity spread to rapidly globalizing contexts? Drawing on 200 interviews and 12 months of participant observation in Bangalore and Dubai, Brandon Vaidyanathan uncovers a curious symbiosis between the apprehensive individualism of global corporations and the therapeutic individualism of Charismatic Catholicism. He identifies three mechanisms underlying these modes of individualism, and discusses how they help us understand the power of culture in the context of global Catholicism.