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Religion And The Salvation Of Urban Politics: Beyond Cooption, Competition And Commodification

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This chapter focuses on the nature of 'politics' and how religious groups are crucial to the very possibility of political life in the contemporary context. It examines whether the vision of politics is distinctively postsecular or not. The chapter explores that the recent resurgence of religion in public life, and in particular in urban life, far from being a threat or even an alternative to politics, represents the 'salvation' of politics. This 'salvation' is realized most explicitly in forms of inter-faith political alliances as exemplified in the work of London Citizens and other forms of broad-based community organizing. Finally, religions are the bearers of moral notions of the person and the good society and traditions of practice that enable resistance to process of commodification and instrumentalization.

Keywords: commodification; instrumentalization; London citizens; religious groups; urban politics



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