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Religion, the Built Environment and Media

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This chapter presents three cases of building 'houses of foreign Gods' in Finland. The building projects are a Sunni Muslim Islamic centre, a Vietnamese Buddhist cultural centre and a Russian Orthodox chapel, all in the Finnish south-western city of Turku. By comparing these three cases we can see what types of arguments are used in the debate, and what are the practical hindrances in the building process. The chapter analyses the cases by placing them in the perspective of global migration and media. It is suggested that these cases can be best understood as examples of the conjunctures of global mediascapes and ethnoscapes. This chapter discusses the extent to which local realities are embedded in a larger global social reality. In addition to this a general picture has been given of the history and contemporary situation of immigrant religions in Finland.

Keywords:Finland; global mediascapes ; immigrant religions; russian orthodox chapel; sunni muslim islamic centre; Turku; vietnamese buddhist



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