The Sacred in the City (Sammelband)

Allgemeine Angaben


Liliana Gómez-Popescu Walter van Herck

Theology and Society
Weiterführender Link
978-1-44117-295-2 ( im KVK suchen )
Thematik nach Sprachen
Medien-/Kulturwissenschaft, Anthropologie, Religionsphilosophie
Metropolen, Religion, Urbane Gesellschaft, Kulturelle Transformation


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.


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



Ersteller des Eintrags
Liliana Gómez-Popescu
Freitag, 20. April 2012, 09:07 Uhr
Letzte Änderung
Freitag, 20. April 2012, 09:07 Uhr