Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1-1996

Abstract

This paper explores the nexus between the cultural and the material by examining the ways in which religion and the economy are integrated in the context of economy-driven Singapore. The mutually constitutive relationships between the cultural and the material are explored through a discussion of the role of the state, capital and religious institutions in pulling together the sacred and the secular. Specifically, the analysis focuses on how the state harnesses religion ideologically in its economic development strategies; how capital harnesses the potential of religion in commercial enterprises in practical terms; and how religious institutions themselves behave as financial institutions. The ways in which individuals deal with these structural forces and the integration of the 'this-worldly' and the 'wholly other' are also discussed, illustrating the intersection between structural forces and individual experiences.

Keywords

State, religion, secular, Singapore, religious institutions

Discipline

Asian Studies | Human Geography | Nonprofit Administration and Management | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Studies on the Geography of Religion 1995

Editor

Rinschede, Gisbert; Vossen, Joachim

First Page

123

Last Page

141

ISBN

9783496026167

Publisher

Reimer

City or Country

Berlin

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://worldcat.org/isbn/9783496026167

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