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Cutting Through The Postsecular City: A Spatial Interrogation

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In this chapter, the author aims to 'cut through the postsecular city' in two ways: first, by examining the idea of the postsecular city in relation to debates about the City of God and the secular city, and, secondly, by interrogating two substantive cases, the British cities of Leicester and Liverpool. He uses a spatial approach, focusing on a field of knowledge-power relations constituted by 'religious', 'secular' and 'postsecular' positions, the boundaries between them and and the controversies which arise at these boundary points. Cities are complex constellations of places, people, buildings, institutions, goods, capital and ideas, and intersections of natural and man-made routes, relationships, diasporas and transactions. Culture at its high end referred to the arts, theatre, opera, classical music, and, at its low and popular end, to such activities as film and TV, sport, pop and rock music, musical theatre, coach trips, soaps, tabloid newspapers and gossip magazines.

Keywords: British; City of God; Leicester; Liverpool; Postsecular City

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