宗教の位置づけ:空間的分析<br>The Location of Religion : A Spatial Analysis

宗教の位置づけ:空間的分析
The Location of Religion : A Spatial Analysis

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  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781904768753
  • DDC分類 306.6

基本説明

This book offers a new approach to the study of religion in the West based on a spatial analysis of religious-secular relations. It locates religion within the social, cultural, and physical spaces of the present using a method informed by contemporary spatial theory, particularly the work of Henri Lefebvre.

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The secularization debate continues to dominate sociological studies of religion. Is it possible to locate religion in western secular society without being drawn into debates about its rise and fall? And, if so, then how can this be done? This book offers a new approach to the study of religion in the West based on a spatial analysis of religious-secular relations. It locates religion within the social, cultural, and physical spaces of the present using a method informed by contemporary spatial theory, particularly the work of Henri Lefebvre. In the first half of the book 'space' and 'religion' are opened up to one another. A spatial methodology is developed, and contemporary religion is reconceived within a field of religious, secular and post-secular religious relations. How various disciplines have contributed to a spatial study of religion is critically considered, and scholars writing on religion and space are shown to be inside rather than outside this field of relations. In the second half of the book the spatial approach is applied to a particular case, that of the left hand.Contemporary representations of this sinister but intimate 'other' are shown to embody a variety of values, traces of different religious traditions, alternative paths to salvation and self-realisation, and shifting positions on the impure, demonic, inauspicious and sacred. Consideration is then given to the future application of this spatial approach to the study of religion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    vii
Introduction 1 (10)
Part I The Development of a Spatial Approach
for the Study of Religion
Chapter 1 Opening Up Space for the Study of 11 (24)
Religion
Chapter 2 Religion and Lefebvre's Spatial 35 (24)
Triad
Chapter 3 Opening Up Religion for a Spatial 59 (35)
Analysis
Chapter 4 Religion and Space: The Scholarly 94 (30)
Legacy
Chapter 5 The Spatial Approach Summarised 124(9)
Part II Applying a Spatial Approach: The Case
of the Left Hand
Chapter 6 The Physical, Social and Mental 133(16)
Space of the Left Hand
Chapter 7 The Location of Religion Within 149(21)
Some Contemporary Left Hands
Chapter 8 Spatial Properties, Distant Left 170(31)
Hands, and the Field of the Religious and
Secular
Chapter 9 Beyond the Field? The Left, 201(28)
Transformation, and the Sacred
Conclusion 229(7)
Bibliography 236(19)
Index of Authors 255(5)
Index of Subjects 260