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Handbook of Religion and the Asian CityAspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001

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Other Christians as Christian Others

Other Christians as Christian Others

Signs of New Christian Populations and the Urban Expansion of Seoul

(p.333) 18 Other Christians as Christian Others
Handbook of Religion and the Asian City

Nicholas Harkness

University of California Press

This chapter explores how semiotic differentiation, class, and denominationalism have influenced the rapid postwar urbanization of Seoul and the rapid growth of Protestant Christianity in South Korea. It argues that these views of the city manifest as perspectives on other Christians—or, in a sense, “Christian others”—those who claim one's own Christian faith but appear alien or antithetical to it. Specifically, it considers how these views are related to worship styles that invoke, for Protestant Christians, other kinds of Protestant churches and practices in Seoul. It also examines how the preaching and prayer of other Christians are intertwined with specific times and places in the expanding city. It suggests that active differentiation of worship style by congregants contributes to the emergence of new religious institutions in particular times and places in the postwar urban migration to Seoul.

Keywords:   class, denominationalism, urbanization, Seoul, Protestant Christianity, South Korea, Christian others, worship, Protestant Christians, Protestant churches

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