Spiritualizing the City

Spiritualizing the City : Agency and Resilience of the Urban and Urbanesque Habitat

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Urban spaces have always functioned as cradles and laboratories for religious movements and spiritualities. The urban forms a central and nourishing agent for the creation of new religious expressions, and continually negotiates new ways of being spiritual and establishing spiritual ideas and practices. This book explores the intense and complex interplay between the (post) modern city and new religious and spiritual movement, bringing the city and its annexes into the foreground of current research into religion. It develops a new, ethnography-based analysis of the ways in which the pluralist experience of the "urban" inscribes itself into various religious practices and vice versa: how do religiosity and spirituality appropriate and transform meanings of the urban? It focuses on new religious expressions, cosmologies and ways of life that go beyond established belief systems and religious understandings, and explores new conceptions of the word "urban" in a world of increasingly extended urban environments. The book examines how cities are both considered as sites and sources of spirituality, where the globalization of religions takes place as well as the fact that globalization is linked closely to the process of localization. The socio-cultural and political uniqueness of the specific urban context are analyzed to present an innovative perspective on how the interplay between the urban, spiritual and religious should be understood. This book brings a timely new perspective and will be of interest to academics and students in geography, sociology, urban studies, cultural studies and anthropology, as well as for urban planners and policy makers.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 black & white illustrations, 1 black & white tables, 15 black & white halftones, 1 black & white line drawings
  • 1138930725
  • 9781138930728

Table of contents

I. Introduction: Spiritualizing the City 1. Introduction Victoria Hegner & Peter Jan Margry II. Politics of Religious Plurality and Identity 2. God and the City: Contemporary perspectives and challenges Rik Pinxten 3. Governing religious diversity in urban contexts: The interplay of religious and state representatives in local interfaith networks Eva Dick and Alexander Kenneth Nagel 4. Reconstructing Catholic space and place in the "Rome of the West" Tricia C. Bruce 5. Urban representation visibility and institutionalization of Islam in three German cities Riem Spielhaus III. Producing and Negotiating Religious Space 6. Moving churches, Changing Cities. Spatial and iconic strategies of new congregations in Berlin and Istanbul Dorothea Nold 7. Religious place-making and the production of urban localities - new migrants in Berlin Gertrud Huwelmeier 8. Buddhism in the British urban landscape: negotiation of new religious spaces Jill Sudbury 9. National, Local, and Global: Krakow as a 'Lived Shrine' of John Paul II Anna Niedzwiedz IV. Religious Practice and Migration in the Urbanesque Habitat 10. Animal spirits and the urban Landscape Sabina Magliocco 11. Where the Byzantinesque meets the Urbanesque: Architectural and Iconographic Elements of Greek-Orthodox Urban Reterritorialization in Germany Eleni Tseligka and Georgios Trantas 12. South Asian religious architecture in the suburban diaspora: recreation and reinvention Claire Dwyer V. The Agency of Body and Senses in Spiritualized Practices 13. The dance floor as urban altar: How bodies transform the lived experience of cities in a New Age Dance Church Sarah M. Pike 14. 'Music is prayer two times'. A transnational perspective on cultural performance and urban religiosity in Cameroon and Switzerland Raphaela von Weichs 15. A Saxophone Divine: The transformative power of Saint John Coltrane's Jazz Music Peter Jan Margry and Daniel Wojcikshow more