The secularization debate continues to dominate sociological studies of religion. Is it possible to locate religion in western secular society without being drawn into debates about its rise and fall? And, if so, then how can this be done? This book offers a new approach to the study of religion in the West based on a spatial analysis of religious-secular relations. It locThe secularization debate continues to dominate sociological studies of religion. Is it possible to locate religion in western secular society without being drawn into debates about its rise and fall? And, if so, then how can this be done? This book offers a new approach to the study of religion in the West based on a spatial analysis of religious-secular relations. It locates religion within the social, cultural, and physical spaces of the present using a method informed by contemporary spatial theory, particularly the work of Henri Lefebvre. In the first half of the book space and religion are opened up to one another. A spatial methodology is developed, and contemporary religion is reconceived within a field of religious, secular and post-secular religious relations. How various disciplines have contributed to a spatial study of religion is critically considered, and scholars writing on religion and space are shown to be inside rather than outside this field of relations. In the second half of the book the spatial approach is applied to a particular case, that of the left hand. Contemporary representations of this sinister but intimate other are shown to embody a variety of values, traces of different religious traditions, alternative paths to salvation and self-realisation, and shifting positions on the impure, demonic, inauspicious and sacred. Consideration is then given to the future application of this spatial approach to the study of religion....
|Title||:||The Location Of Religion: A Spatial Analysis Of The Left Hand|
|Number of Pages||:||264 Pages|
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The Location Of Religion: A Spatial Analysis Of The Left Hand Reviews
I am always ready to read books by Kim Knott, she is very readable despite the complexity of the nature of the subject, in this case the Location of Religion within secular societies. Within this book, as an example, she tackles society's ideas connected with the right hand and left hand. The left being the wild element that can either support the right hand or counteract it. The emphasis is on spatial analysis, determining the actual location of religiosity within society, with reference to Henri Lefebvre and others. There are many examples of stigmatisation against left handed people and religious rules about which hand to use for eating or washing, etc. The book discusses practicalities, and deeply entrenched perceptions of good and evil. This is the sort of book I always say I will have to read again because it is so encompassing and well researched. I've also read her 'Short Introduction to Hinduism' which I would recommend to anyone interested in the nature of religions.