Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 47, No 1 (2018)

Fleeting Sentiment of the Sacred: Between Public Space and Religious Territories

Lionel Obadia


According to the contemporary master narratives, globalization processes entail transformations of territories such as deterritorialization , transnationalisation , and even dissolution since it affects the traditional patterns of spatiality. In the context of globalization, indeed, space might become fluid and rhizoid, but it also can be mineralized by means of frontiers . Such an empirical context requires a revision of the commonly accepted models of culture and social change, and of religious dynamics. Religions are indeed logically affected by the changes in their material, social and symbolic environments, which are reshaped by the forces of globalization and of modernization. Yet, social scientists and scholars in religion have, however, put primary emphasis on the transformations observed in the moral, social and symbolic aspects of religion, but undoubtedly, new patterns in the spatial forms and dynamics of religion are profoundly changing our perspectives on these topics .

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