1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities

Edited By Katie Day, Elise M. Edwards Copyright 2021
    468 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    468 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

        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


    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.