Spirituality is, too often, subsumed under the heading of religion and treated as much the same kind of thing. Yet spirituality extends far beyond the spaces of religion. The spiritual makes geography strange, challenging the relationship between the known and the unknown, between the real and the ideal, and prompting exciting possibilities for charting the ineffable spaces of the divine which lie somehow beyond geography. In setting itself that task, this book pushes the boundaries of geographies of religion to bring into direct focus questions of spirituality.
By seeing religion through the lens of practice rather than as a set of beliefs, geographies of religion can be interpreted much more widely, bringing a whole range of other spiritual practices and spaces to light. The book is split into three sections, each contextualised with an editors’ introduction, to explore the spaces of spiritual practice, the spiritual production of space, and spiritual transformations.
This book intends to open to up new questions and approaches through the theme of spirituality, pushing the boundaries on current topics and introducing innovative new ideas, including esoteric or radical spiritual practices. This landmark book not only captures a significant moment in geographies of spirituality, but acts as a catalyst for future work.
1 Spaces of Spirituality: an introduction 2 Tse Spiritual propositions: the American evangelical intelligentsia and the supernatural order (Justin K.H.) 3 Resisting marriage equalities: the complexities of religious opposition to same sex marriage (Kath Browne and Catherine Jean Nash) 4 Building sacred modernity: Buddhism, secularism and a geography of ‘religion’ in southern Sri Lanka (Tariq Jazeel) 5 "I renounce the World, the Flesh and the Devil": pilgrimage, transformation, and liminality at St Patrick’s Purgatory, Ireland (Richard Scriven) 6 Ministers on the move: vocation and migration in the British Methodist Church (Lia D. Shimada) 7 Suburban miracles: encountering the divine off Highway 99 (Claire Dwyer) 8 Kendal Revisited: the study of spirituality then and now (Karin Tusting and Linda Woodhead) 9 The small stuff of barely spiritual practices (Jennifer Lea, Chris Philo and Louisa Cadman) 10 Rethinking youth spirituality through sacrilege and encounter (Elizabeth Olson, Peter Hopkins and Giselle Vincett) 11 Transnational religion and everyday lives: spaces of spirituality among Brazilian and Vietnamese migrants in London (Olivia Sheringham and Annabelle Wilkins) 12 Life cycles of spirituality, conversion and violence in São Paulo (Kim Beecheno) 13 The magical Battle of Britain: the spatialities of occult geopolitics (Julian Holloway) 14 ‘Where should we commence to dig?’: spectral narratives and the biography of place in F. B. Bond’s psychic archaeology of Glastonbury Abbey (James Thurgill) 15 Categorizing Spiritualism as a shamanism: lessons in mapping (David Gordon Wilson) 16 Jung's legacy: the Western Goddess Movement (Rev. Patricia 'Iolana) 17 Boundaries of healing: insider perspectives on ritual and transgression in contemporary esoteric theatre (Alison Rockbrand) 18 Reading three ways: ask me how! (prof dusky purples)
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