Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

6-2001

Abstract

This article reviews geographical research on religion in the 1990s, and highlights work from neighbouring disciplines where relevant. Contrary to views that the field is incoherent, I suggest that much of the literature pays attention to several key themes, particularly, the politics and poetics of religious place, identity and community. I illustrate the key issues, arguments and conceptualizations in these areas, and suggest various ways forward. These 'new' geographies emphasize different sites of religious practice beyond the 'officially sacred'; different sensuous sacred geographies; different religions in different historical and place-specific contexts; different geographical scales of analysis; different constitutions of population and their experience of and effect on religious place, identity and community; different dialectics (sociospatial, public-private, politics-poetics); and different moralities.

Keywords

community, identity, modernity, place, poetics, politics, religion

Discipline

Human Geography | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Progress in Human Geography

Volume

25

Issue

2

First Page

211

Last Page

233

ISSN

0309-1325

Identifier

10.1191/030913201678580485

Publisher

SAGE

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1191/030913201678580485

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