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Urbanisation and City-making in African Christianities: Remapping the ‘New Jerusalem’

Garbin, David (2023) Urbanisation and City-making in African Christianities: Remapping the ‘New Jerusalem’. Religion and Urbanity Online, . E-ISSN 2750-8080. (doi:10.1515/urbrel.15247143) (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:99953)

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Abstract

The article discusses the making of Christian city-like spaces in the African context, shedding some light on processes of religious urbanisation and territorial remoralisation. The article first offers a contextualisation of these processes by focusing on much-discussed Pentecostal models of enclaved urbanism in particular in Lagos, Nigeria. Here the article explores the links between the formation of moral enclaves, the quest for infrastructural autonomy and the making of ‘alter-city’ landscapes, discussing the relevance of neo-Lefebvrian theorising of multi-scalar urban processes for an understanding of this type of religious urbanisation. Taking as case study the ‘New Jerusalem’ being built by Kimbanguists in Nkamba (in the DRC), the article then points to a need to pay attention to what the city (and the idea, the image of city) often conceals: the process of urbanisation, while discussing how the city’s ambivalent imaginaries and counter-imaginaries have not lost their relevance in an age of ‘planetary urbanisation’.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1515/urbrel.15247143
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: British Academy (https://ror.org/0302b4677)
Depositing User: David Garbin
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 14:26 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 11:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/99953 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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