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Making Sense Of Sacred Space In The City?

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This chapter discusses the author's attempt to develop the 'a theology of everyday life'. The quest for actual places and the methodological questions of where and how to find as well as describe them as a theologian has recently led the author to those geographers and cultural theorists for whom place and space are central. Feminism also emphasized the importance of 'place' and 'space'. Filipina domestic helpers in Hong Kong transform the inner city, the streets and the parks of Hong Kong into their own 'sacred space' where they worship, organize their festivals and parties, and also develop political strategies to encounter the many forms of injustice they suffer as migrant women in a strange and hostile city. This example shows how body and place are intertwined, how identity, religious identity and the actual place where and through which this identity is being constructed are inextricable.

Keywords: Filipina domestic helpers; Hong Kong; migrant women; sacred space; theology of everyday life



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