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ARI - Springer Asia Series

Place/No-Place in Urban Asian Religiosity

Editors: Waghorne, Joanne Punzo (Ed.)

  • Focuses on religious institutions and organizations within megacities in Asia as well as smaller urban areas within India
  • Describes the changing contours of religiosity as part of the processes of urbanization
  • Details the creation of “no-places,” defined as newer instantiations of older religious realms of the universal and the utopian in the form of cyberspace as well as new sites intentionally disconnected from place 
  • Discusses the (re)creation of shrines/temples/churches within new urban areas
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This book discusses Asia’s rapid pace of urbanization, with a particular focus on new spaces created by and for everyday religiosity. The essays in this volume – covering topics from the global metropolises of Singapore, Bangalore, Seoul, Beijing, and Hong Kong to the regional centers of Gwalior, Pune, Jahazpur, and sites like Wudang Mountain – examine in detail the spaces created by new or changing religious organizations that range in scope from neighborhood-based to consciously global. The definition of “spatial aspects” includes direct place-making projects such as the construction of new religious buildings – temples, halls and other meeting sites, as well as less tangible religious endeavors such as the production of new “mental spaces” urged by spiritual leaders, or the shift from terra firma to the strangely concrete effervesce of cyberspace. With this in mind, it explores how distinct and blurred, and open and bounded communities generate and participate in diverse practices as they deliberately engage or disengage with physical landscapes/cityscapes. It highlights how through these religious organizations, changing class and gender configurations, ongoing political and economic transformations, continue as significant factors shaping and affecting Asian urban lives. In addition, the books goes further by exploring new and often bittersweet “improvements” like metro rail lines, new national highways, widespread internet access, that bulldoze – both literally and figuratively – religious places and force relocations and adjustments that are often innovative and unexpected. Furthermore, this volume explores personal experiences within the particularities of selected religious organizations and the ways that subjects interpret or actively construct urban spaces. The essays show, through ethnographically and historically grounded case studies, the variety of ways newly emerging religious communities or religious institutions understand, value, interact with, or strive to ignore extreme urbanization and rapidly changing built environments.

About the authors

Joanne Waghorne works in contemporary theoretical directions in the study of religion, especially issues of emerging religious/spiritual organizations, practices, and self understanding in the present era of mass communication, urbanization, and globalization.  Spatial theory, cosmopolitanism, concepts of the public sphere, world systems, and visual studies inform her interdisciplinary approach which she works to integrate with her roots in History of Religions and phenomenology. Her concerns include revisioning World Religions/Comparative Religion in a post-colonial/post-modern era. Her publications contextualize these issues in contemporary urban India and in Singapore, and in the Hindu diaspora. Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, and the American Institute of Indian Studies have supported her fieldwork in India. Recently she was a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellow and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Research Institute (Globalization and Religion cluster), National University of Singapore, researching gurus, devotees, and their international organizations from Singapore.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Negotiating Place, Non-place, and No-Place

    Waghorne, Joanne Punzo

    Pages 1-28

  • From Megachurches to the Invisible Temple: Placing the Protestant “Church” in the Seoul Metropolitan Area

    Yoo, Yohan

    Pages 29-47

  • No-Place, New Places: Death and Its Rituals in Urban Asia

    Kong, Lily

    Pages 49-70

  • Alone Together: Global Gurus, Cosmopolitan Space, and Community

    Waghorne, Joanne Punzo

    Pages 71-90

  • On Daoism and Religious Networks in a Digital Age

    DeBernardi, Jean

    Pages 91-108

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-0385-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-10-0384-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Place/No-Place in Urban Asian Religiosity
Editors
  • Joanne Punzo Waghorne
Series Title
ARI - Springer Asia Series
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-0385-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-0385-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-0384-4
Series ISSN
2367-105X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 229
Number of Illustrations and Tables
11 b/w illustrations
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