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Handbook of Religion and the Asian City: Aspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century

Peter van der Veer


This book highlights the creative and innovative role of urban aspirations in Asian world cities. It does not assume that religion is of the past and that the urban is secular, but instead points out that urban politics and governance often manifest religious boundaries and sensibilities—in short, that public religion is politics. The chapters in this book show how projects of secularism come up against projects and ambitions of a religious nature, a particular form of contestation that takes the city as its public arena. Questioning the limits of cities like Mumbai, Singapore, Seoul, Beijing, ... More

Keywords: urban aspirations, Asian cities, secularism, spatial imagination, city planning, megacities, urban politics, public religion, modernity, social space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter van der Veer, editor
Utrecht University

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Part 1 Governance of Religious Diversity

1 In Place of Ritual

Daniel P. S. Goh

2 The City and the Pagoda

Francesca Tarocco

4 Global and Religious

Jayeel Serrano Cornelio

6 Urban Processions

Joseph Bosco

Part 2 Space, Speculation, and Religion

Part 3 Religious Place Making in the City

13 From Village to City

Nathaniel Roberts

15 Parallel Universes

Kenneth Dean

Part 4 Self-Fashioning in Urban Space

Part 5 Media and Materiality

24 Internet Hindus

Sahana Udupa

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