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The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities

ISBN 9780367367121
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
468 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 of this cutting-edge subject. Representing a diverse array of cities and religions, the common analytical approach is ecological and spatial. It is the first collection of its kind and reflects state-of-the-art research focusing on the interaction of religions and their urban contexts. Comprising 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 smart cities; the challenge of climate change for 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

      1 Introduction

      Katie Day and Elise M. Edwards

      Part I Research Methodologies

      2 Studying Religion and Cities: Emergent 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 R. Williams and Timothy Shortell

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

      Elise M. Edwards

      6 Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Mapping Jhandis in Little Guyana

      Rupa Pillai

      7 Infrastructure between Anthropology, Geography, and Religious Studies

      Isaiah Ellis

      Part 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 L. 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 Signposts 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 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

      Part 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 E. Holmes

      19 Urban Historic Sacred Places in Transition: Partners for Sacred Places

      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 Discourse of Faith and Power: 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 Protestant Urban Ministry and the "Homosexual Ghetto" in the 1960s

      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

      M Ala Uddin

      27 Super-Diversity Inside and Outside of Congregations in Elmhurst, Queens

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

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