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Transcending The Particular In Postsecular Cities

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This introductory essay makes an attempt to chart the theoretical terrain to conceptualize the changing relations between religion, politics and urban societies. The fusion of these theoretical and political concerns with ongoing empirical enquiries into faith-based organizations (FBOs) in cities requires sensitive analysis, with this essay and the volume at large just the beginning. The central aim of this essay is to define the meaning of postsecularism in the theory and practice of urban life. This aim stems from the key observation that it is in the urban that the shift from secular to postsecular in terms of public space, building use, governance and civil society is most intensely observed and experienced. The essay explores the changing dynamics between religion and the postsecular in order to understand the growing resurgence of faith, belief and spirituality in the urban and public realms in recent years.

Keywords: faith-based organizations (FBOs); Postsecular Cities; resurgence belief; resurgence of faith; resurgence spirituality



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