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Christianity and the City: Simmel, Space, and Urban Subjectivities.

Strhan, Anna (2013) Christianity and the City: Simmel, Space, and Urban Subjectivities. Religion and Society: Advances in Research, 4 (1). pp. 125-149. ISSN 2150-9298. (doi:10.3167/arrs.2013.040108) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:42621)

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Abstract

This article examines the growing scholarly interest in urban religion, situating the topic in relation to the contemporary analytical significance of cities as sites where processes of social change, such as globalization, transnationalism and the influence of new media technologies, materialize in interrelated ways. I argue that Georg Simmel’s writing on cities offers resources to draw out further the significance of “the urban” in this emerging field. I bring together Simmel’s urban analysis with his approach to religion, focusing on Christianities and individuals’ relations with sacred figures, and suggest this perspective opens up how forms of religious practice respond to experiences of cultural fragmentation in complex urban environments. Drawing on his analysis of individuals’ engagement with the coherence of God, I explore conservative evangelicals’ systems of religious intersubjectivity to show how attention to the social effects of relations with sacred figures can deepen understanding of the formation of urban religious subjectivities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3167/arrs.2013.040108
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Neshen Isaeva
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 21:25 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42621 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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