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Church Buildings In Eastern Germany: Houses Of God Or Tourist Attractions?

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What role do church buildings play in eastern Germany? The sociological relevance of this question comes to the fore in view of the declining church affiliation of the German population, particularly in eastern Germany, in comparison with a strong social movement for the preservation of the church buildings. This chapter aims at finding out what meaning people in fact ascribe to church buildings. It draws on the findings of a comparative study that was carried out within the research project Symbol churches in radical religious and political changes in the Baltic Sea region. First, key theoretical categories such as space, cultures of remembrance, and symbolization will be explored in terms of their significance for the question at hand. Then, certain selected empirical findings will be presented, before drawing a conclusion.

Keywords: church buildings; eastern Germany; remembrance; symbolization



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