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The Metropolis and Evangelical Life: Coherence and Fragmentation in the ‘Lost City of London’

Strhan, Anna (2013) The Metropolis and Evangelical Life: Coherence and Fragmentation in the ‘Lost City of London’. Religion, 43 (3). pp. 331-352. ISSN 0048-721X. (doi:10.1080/0048721X.2013.798164) (KAR id:42622)


This article examines the interplay of different processes of cultural and subjective fragmentation experienced by conservative evangelical Anglicans, based on an ethnographic study of a congregation in central London. The author focuses on the evangelistic speaking practices of members of this church to explore how individuals negotiate contradictory norms of interaction as they move through different city spaces, and considers their response to tensions created by the demands of their workplace and their religious lives. Drawing on Georg Simmel’s ‘The Metropolis and Mental Life’, the author argues that their faith provides a sense of coherence and unity that responds to experiences of cultural fragmentation characteristic of everyday life in the city, while simultaneously leading to a specific consciousness of moral fragmentation that is inherent to conservative evangelicalism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/0048721X.2013.798164
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Neshen Isaeva
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2014 21:31 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 06:45 UTC
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Strhan, Anna.

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