1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities

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ISBN 9780367367121
December 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
520 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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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 in this cutting-edge subject. Representing a wide diversity of cities and religions, the common analytical approach is ecological and spatial. It is the first collection of its kind and reflects the state-of-the-art in research focusing on the interaction of religions and their urban contexts. Comprised of 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 the smart cities; the challenge of climate change on 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


Richard Flory

1. Introduction

Katie Day and Elise M. Edwards

I. Research Methodologies

2. Studying Religion and Cities: Emerging Meanings and Methodologies

Katie Day

3. Ethnographic Approaches: Contextual Religious Cosmopolitanisms in Mumbai

István Keul

4. Eyes Upon the Street: Visual Social Scientific Approaches to Religion and the City

Roman Williams and Timothy Shortell

5. Architectural Analysis: Approaching the Study of Religion and Cities through the Built Environment

Elise M. Edwards

6. Using Geographical Information System (GIS): Mapping Jhandis in Little Guyana

Rupa Pillai

7. Infrastructure between Anthropology, Urban Geography, and American Religious History

Isaiah Ellis

II. Religious Frameworks and Ideologies in Urban Contexts

8. Religion, Culture, and Urban Space: Chicago and American Religious History beyond 1893

Isaiah Ellis

9. Faith in the Suburbs: Evangelical Christian Books about Suburban Life

Brian J. Miller

10. Who Defines the Religious Narrative for Justice? The Old Guard Meets the Avant-garde in Nashville – the ‘It’ City

Teresa Smallwood 

11. A Feminist Theo-Ethic of Justice-Seeking-Love for Smart Urbanites

Samantha Cavanagh

12. (Irish) Neoliberalism’s Ruins: Ghost and Vacant Properties as Sign-Posts of Idolatry

Kevin Hargaden

13. Religious Buildings and Ideological Conflicts: Broken Religious Sites and Unbroken Spatial Attachments in Jos North, Nigeria

Amidu Elabo

14. The Ephemeral City: Indonesian Piety on the Move

James M. Edmonds

15. Religious Space in Public Art: The New Negro and the New Deal in Harlem

Michael McLaughlin

16. The Intersection of Immigration, Social Conflict, and Art: Dance and Identity in "East" Haifa

Amanda Furiasse

17. A Liberation Narrative of Religious Presence amid the Protests: Hong Kong Theology

Tsz Him Lai

III. Contemporary Issues in Religion and Cities

18. Religious Agency in the Dynamics of Gentrification: Moving In, Moving Out and Staying Put in Philadelphia

Kristin Holmes

19. Urban Historic Sacred Places in Transition

Rachel Hildebrandt and Chad Martin

20. Praying with Our Feet: Interfaith Rituals of Disruption and Sanctification in the Public Square

Linda Noonan

21. Community Organizing and Congregational Agency in Shaping City Life

Trey Hammond and Phil Tom

22. Urban Policy and Religion: Turnaround Tuesday, a Case Study in Baltimore

Isabella Cronin Favazza

23. Confederate Monuments and the Art of the Uprising: A Hauntology of Baltimore

Marcos Bisticas-Cocoves and Harold D. Morales

24. Social Justice Frameworks and Practices of Urban Ministry: A Study of "Homosexual Ghettoes"

Heather R. White

25. Newcomers, Residents, and the Dynamics of Conflict: Church, Immigration, and the Development of the City in Sweden

Niclas Blåder

26. The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Religious Identity as a Source of Expulsion, Hospitality and Solidarity

Muhammad Ala Uddin

27. Super-diversity Inside and Outside of Congregations in Elmhust, Queens (New York)

Richard Cimino and Hans Tokke

28. Religion and Violence in the Urban Context

Elfriede Wedam and Ryan SC Wong

29. Cities and the Challenge of Climate Change: Imagining ‘Good Cities’ in a Time of Dystopia

Clive Pearson

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Rev. Dr. Katie Day is the Charles A. Schieren Professor Emerita in Church and Society at United Lutheran Seminary, USA.

Dr. Elise M. Edwards is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Baylor University, USA.