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Sacred in the City

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This book reflects the way in which the city interacts with the sacred in all its many guises, with religion and the human search for meaning in life. As the process of urbanization of society is accelerating thus giving an increasing importance to cities and the 'metropolis', it is relevant to investigate the social or cultural cohesion that these urban agglomerations manifest. Religion is keenly observed as witnessing a growth, crucially impacting cultural and political dynamics, as well as determining the emergence of new sacred symbols and their inscription in urban spaces worldwide. The sacred has become an important category of a new interpretation of social and cultural transformation processes. From a unique broader perspective, the volume focuses on the relationship between the city and the sacred. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of philosophers, historians, architects, social geographers, sociologists and anthropologists, it draws a nuanced picture of the different layers of religion, of the sacred and its diverse forms within the city, with examples from Europe, South America and the Caribbean, and Africa.

Auteur

Liliana Gómez is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Walter Van Herck
is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.



Contenu

Framing the Sacred in the City. An Introduction, Liliana Gómez & Walter van Herck
Part I: The Sacred and the City: Theoretical Approaches
1.Sacred Horror Vacui. A Philosophical Reflection, Walter Van Herck
2.The Urbanization of Society. Towards a Cultural Analysis of the Sacred in the Modern Metropolis, Liliana Gómez
3.The Lingering Smell of Incense. Exploring Post-secular Public Space, Pieter Dronkers
Part II: Religion, Built Environments and Urban Societies
4.Religion in the Built Environment: Aesth/Ethics, Ritual and Memory in Lived Urban Space, Sigurd Bergmann
5.Kinhin in a Mega-City - Implicit meanings of the 'Walking-in-the-Park'-Movement in São Paulo, Frank Usarski
6. Life Stance and Religious Identity in an Urbanised World. The Meaning of Life as a Modern Predicament, Rik Pinxten & Lisa Dikomitis
Part III: Sacred Symbols, Sacred Spaces
7.Sacred Symbols of the City: Babel, Barbara and Their Towers, Anne-Marie Korte
8.Communicating the Elemental Cosmos: The Hereford Mappa Mundi, Sacred Space and the City, Renée Köhler-Ryan
9.Relocating and Negotiating the Sacred: The Reception of a Chapel in a Shopping Mall, Anne Birgitta Pessi & Peter Nynäs
Part IV: Politics of the Sacred in Contemporary Urban Spaces
10.Kinshasa and its (Un)Certainties: The Polis and the Sacred, Filip De Boeck
11. The Politics of a Sacred Place: Revisiting an Israeli Development Town, Haim Jacobi
12.The Sacred in the City: Havana. Alejo Carpentier or 'Fieldwork' in the Urban, Liliana Gómez
13. Remaking Sacred Spaces after Socialism in Ukraine, Catherine Wanner
Index

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Sacred in the City
Éditeur:
Code EAN: 9781441188106
ISBN: 978-1-4411-8810-6
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (pdf)
Editeur: Bloomsbury Usa
Genre: Sociologie
nombre de pages: 288
Parution: 09.02.2012
Année: 2012
Sous-titre: Englisch