Emerging Geographies of Belief

Emerging Geographies of Belief

eBook - 2011
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This interdisciplinary book presents new research from international scholars that explores questions of belief, faith, and religion. Focusing on theoretically informed cultural, geographical and historical analyses of faith, belief, religion, society and space, the book presents new and revised theoretical approaches and methodologies, grounded in rigorous empirical research both contemporary and historical. The volume takes a deliberately eclectic approach, reflecting the complex interactions of the political and poetic dimensions of sacredness in contemporary societies. Taking this research agenda forward, this book explores how religious beliefs inform and construct social identities, public knowledge and modes of governance. In particular, the book meets an urgent need for a critical understanding of how terms such as "religion", "faith", "fundamentalism" and "secularism", for example, inform public debates and foster constructive engagements both between faith groups and between people of faith and people of no faith.The essays in Emerging Geographies of Belief also show that religion cannot be mapped neatly onto faith or belief. We attempt to tease out the different circumstances in which for example belief can operate without religious adherence or faith can inspire social action in geographies of hope. The geography of the title relates to an overarching concern with space and spatiality rather than describing a single disciplinary approach. Our concern with belief, faith and religion operates at different temporal and spatial scales in different localities, from the contemporary appeal to a more global sense of responsibility to a historically situated account of faith-led educational practices.
Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2011
ISBN: 9781443825931
144382593X
9781283308540
1283308541
9781443825863
1443825867
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 306 pages) : illustrations, maps
Additional Contributors: Brace, Catherine

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