The paper reviews the corpus of research that attempts to explain the process of religious conversion, and explores the ways in which geographers can add new perspectives to the discourse. It argues that religious conversion is a phenomenon that goes beyond the reorientation of individual belief, and is instead a process of change that involves the (re)definition of self and other. Five conceptual frames are proposed - (1) conversion of space; (2) spaces of conversion; (3) spaces of negotiation; (4) the (im)mobile convert; and (5) the (dis)embodied convert - which are used to help define the geographies of religious conversion.
conversion of space, (dis)embodied convert;geographies of religion, (im)mobile convert, religious conversion, spaces of conversion, spaces of negotiation
Human Geography | Religion
Progress in Human Geography
SAGE Publications (UK and US)
WOODS, Orlando Sebastian Isambard.(2012). The geographies of religious conversion. Progress in Human Geography, 36(4), 440-456.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/soss_research/2427
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