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The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities

Edited by: Katie Day , Elise M. Edwards

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367367121
eBook ISBN: 9780429351181
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429351181
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Book description

Like an ecosystem, cities develop, change, thrive, adapt, expand, and contract through the interaction of myriad components. Religion is one of those living parts, shaping and being shaped by urban contexts. The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities is an outstanding interdisciplinary reference source to the key topics, problems, and methodologies of this cutting-edge subject. Representing a diverse array of cities and religions, the common analytical approach is ecological and spatial. It is the first collection of its kind and reflects state-of-the-art research focusing on the interaction of religions and their urban contexts. Comprising 29 chapters, by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into three parts:

  • Research methodologies
  • Religious frameworks and ideologies in urban contexts
  • Contemporary issues in religion and cities

Within these sections, emerging research and analysis of current dynamics of urban religions are examined, including: housing, economics, and gentrification; sacred ritual and public space; immigration and the refugee crisis; political conflicts and social change; ethnic and religious diversity; urban policy and religion; racial justice; architecture and the built environment; religious art and symbology; religion and urban violence; technology and smart cities; the challenge of climate change for global cities; and religious meaning-making of the city.

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies and urban studies. The Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as sociology, history, architecture, urban planning, theology, social work, and cultural studies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Studying religion and cities Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Ethnographic approaches Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Eyes upon the street Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Architectural analysis Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Infrastructure between anthropology, geography, and religious studies Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Religion, culture, and urban space Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Faith in the suburbs Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Who defines the religious narrative for justice? Download PDF
Chapter  11:  A feminist theo-ethic of justice-seeking-love for smart urbanites Download PDF
Chapter  12:  (Irish) neoliberalism’s ruins Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Religious buildings and ideological conflicts Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The ephemeral city Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Religious space in public art Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The intersection of immigration, social conflict, and art Download PDF
Chapter  17:  A liberation narrative of religious presence amid the protests Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Religious agency in the dynamics of gentrification Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Urban historic sacred places in transition Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Praying with our feet Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Community organizing and congregational agency in shaping city life Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Discourse of faith and power Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Confederate monuments and the art of the Uprising Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Protestant urban ministry and the “homosexual ghetto” in the 1960s Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Newcomers, residents, and the dynamics of conflict Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Rohingya refugee crisis Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Super-diversity inside and outside of congregations in Elmhurst, Queens Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Religion and violence in the urban context Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Cities and the challenge of climate change Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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