The ways in which humans interact with their location is an important topic within sociological studies of religion. It is integral to the place of religion in secular society. 'The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis' offers an overview of the ways in which religion can be located within social, cultural and physical space. It examines contemporary spatial theory - notably the work of the influential sociologist Henri Lefebvre - and the many disciplines that have contributed to the spatial study of religion. This volume will be invaluable to all those interested in the role of religion in spatial analysis.
Introduction Part I: The development of a spatial approach to the study of religion 1. Opening up space for the study of religion 2. Religion and Lefebvre's spatial triad 3. Opening up religion for a spatial analysis 4. Religion and space: The scholarly legacy 5. The spatial approach summarised Part II: Applying a spatial approach: the case of the left hand 6. The physical, social, and mental space of the left hand 7. The location of religion within some contemporary left hands 8. Spatial properties, distant left hands, and the field of the religious and the secular 9. Beyond the field? The left, transformation, and the sacred Conclusion