Spaces of Modernity: - Religion and the Urban in Asia and Africa

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TitleSpaces of Modernity: - Religion and the Urban in Asia and Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHANCOCK, M. A. R. Y., & SRINIVAS S. M. R. I. T. I.
JournalInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Date Published2008
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
ISBN Number0309-1317
KeywordsAfrica, Asia, citizenship, embodiment, media, Modernity, publics, social space, urban networks

Abstract This article introduces a symposium on religion and the formation of modern urban space in Asia and Africa. Both the spread of new religious movements and the articulations between religion, globalization and neoliberalism have prompted new analyses of the shifting geographic and social boundaries between religious and secular institutions, practices and discourses, and about the meaning of religion itself. We reinscribe work on urban religion within a discussion of modernity by dealing with the socio-spatial mediation of religion and its role in redefining public spaces, practices, norms and discourses in contemporary cities. Individual articles map the spaces engendered by religious imaginaries and the forms of mobility and networks that religion relies on and constitutes, and they identify and analyze the roles played by mass media in religious practice and institution building, as well as the embodied nature of urban religious experience. They demonstrate how urban studies can be pluralized and vernacularized through analyses of how the urban realm is constituted in part through religious practice and meaning. Our attention to the articulation of religion with cities in Asia and Africa will also help to foster a new theoretical vocabulary within religious studies that is attentive to the historical, cultural and spatial contingencies of religion as a category of analysis. Rsum 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2Cet article prsente un symposium sur la religion et la formation de lespace urbain moderne en Asie et en Afrique. La propagation de mouvements religieux nouveaux, ainsi que les articulations entre religion, mondialisation et nolibralisme, ont suscit des analyses originales sur le dcalage des frontires gographiques et sociales entre les institutions, pratiques et discours religieux et lacs, et sur la signification de la religion elle-mme. Nous rinscrivons les travaux sur la religion urbaine dans une discussion sur la modernit en abordant la mdiation socio-spatiale de la religion et son rle dans la redfinition des pratiques, normes, discours et espaces publics dans les villes contemporaines. Les diffrents articles recensent les espaces gnrs par les imaginaires religieux, ainsi que les formes de mobilit et de rseaux que la religion labore et sur lesquelles elle sappuie ; - de plus, ils identifient et analysent les rles des mdias dans la pratique religieuse et la construction de linstitution, et sintressent la matrialit de lexprience religieuse urbaine. Ils montrent comment les tudes urbaines peuvent tre pluralises et vernacularises par le biais danalyses sur la faon dont lunivers urbain se constitue en partie par la pratique et la signification de la religion. De plus, notre intrt pour larticulation de la religion avec les villes dAsie et dAfrique contribue alimenter un nouveau lexique thorique pour les tudes religieuses, qui veille aux contingences historiques, culturelles et spatiales de la religion en tant que catgorie analyse.1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 -