Place/No-Place in Urban Asian Religiosity

Type Book Section - Neighborhood Associations in Urban India: Intersection of Religion and Space in Civic Participation
Title Place/No-Place in Urban Asian Religiosity
Edition Springer Asia Series
Volume 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 167-183
Publisher Springer
Recent perspectives on religious practice in South Asia critique the assumed dichotomy between religion and modernity, which characterizes earlier research on urban forms of religiosity in South Asia. Following on these lines through an ethnographic analysis of the everyday life of local neighborhood associations (Mitra Mandal) in the city of Pune in Western India, I aim to show how religion constitutes a site through which participation in the public sphere is routed in important ways for its adherents. Locating the Mitra Mandal on the intersection of the spatial, civic, and religious axes of the city, I contend that these neighborhood associations represent a class-specific mode of engagement with the public sphere, albeit expressed in modes, which are enmeshed within a distinctly religious idiom.

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