1st Edition

Governing Religious Diversity in Cities
Critical Perspectives

ISBN 9780367472238
Published February 28, 2020 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Governing Religious Diversity in Cities provides original insights into the governance of religious diversity in urban contexts from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and drawing on a wide range of empirical examples in Europe and Canada.

Religious diversity is increasingly present and visible in cities across the world. Drawing on a wide selection of cases in Europe and Canada, this volume examines how this diversity is governed. While focusing on the urban dimension of governance, the chapters do not examine cities in isolation but take into account the interconnections between urban contexts and other scales, both within and beyond the borders of the nation-state. The contributors discuss a variety of empirical examples, ranging from the controversies around the celebration of the International Yoga Day in Vancouver, the mosque not built in Munich, and the governance of Islam in cities in France, Germany, Italy, Quebec and Spain. Adopting a critical perspective, they shed light on the factors shaping different governance patterns, and on their implications for various religious groups. Ultimately, this book shows that governing religious diversity is not a matter of black and white.

Contributing to a growing field of academic research that focuses on the governance of religion in urban contexts, and providing lines for future research, Governing Religious Diversity in Cities will be of great interest to scholars in the sociology of religion, religious studies and urban studies. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of Religion, State & Society.

Table of Contents


Governing religious diversity in cities: critical perspectives

Julia Martínez-Ariño

1. Religion in urban assemblages: space, law, and power

Marian Burchardt

2. Religious governance in the Spanish city: hands-on versus hands-off approaches to accommodating religious diversity in Barcelona and Madrid

Avi Astor, Mar Griera, and Mónica Cornejo

3. Political opportunity structures and the activism of first- and second-generation Muslims in two Italian cities

Giulia Mezzetti and Roberta Ricucci

4. Governing Islam in French cities: defining ‘acceptable’ public religiosity through municipal consultative bodies

Julia Martínez-Ariño

5. Pacifying Muslims in Germany’s ‘City of Peace’: interreligious dialogue as a tool of governance in Osnabrück

Ali Konyali, Laura Haddad, and Andreas Pott

6. Contract governance of religious diversity in a German city-state and its ambivalences

Anna Körs

7. Reconsidering the spatiality of religion and the state: relationality and the mosque not built

Tobias Müller

8. A bridge too far: yoga, spirituality, and contested space in the Pacific Northwest

Paul Bramadat

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Julia Martínez-Ariño is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Groningen. Her research interests are the governance of religious diversity, and the spatial strategies of religious groups in cities, in particular Jewish communities. She has published in international journals, including Current Sociology, Social Compass and Comparative European Politics.