Grounding religiosity in urban space: insights from multicultural Melbourne

Mansouri, Fethi, Lobo, Michele and Johns, Amelia 2016, Grounding religiosity in urban space: insights from multicultural Melbourne, Australian geographer, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 295-310, doi: 10.1080/00049182.2016.1191134.

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Title Grounding religiosity in urban space: insights from multicultural Melbourne
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi
Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for Lobo, Michele
Johns, AmeliaORCID iD for Johns, Amelia
Journal name Australian geographer
Volume number 47
Issue number 3
Start page 295
End page 310
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1465-3311
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Islamic religiosity
Muslim place-making
post-secular belonging
shared vulnerability
Summary Cities within Western democratic societies have long been regarded as sites where secular visions of modernity and citizenship are enacted. Today, however, ethno-religious diversity has emerged as a deep and vibrant part of urban social life and public culture, shaping place-making practices that nourish ‘post-secular’ belonging and practices of citizenship. Place-making and citizenship practices that are shaped by ethno-religious diversity have the potential to transform public spaces highlighting common humanity and ‘shared vulnerability’ (J. Butler, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (London and New York: Verso, 2004)). The visibility and embodiment of Islamic religious beliefs, ritual observances, and cultural expressions often circulate feelings of suspicion and unease for non-Muslim co-citizens. In this paper we deviate from this dominant narrative to argue that ‘everyday’ forms of religiosity that underpin and shape social and political actions performed in public space make an important contribution to the multicultural milieu of the nominally ‘Western’ city, shaping public spaces that resonate with hope and shared responsibility. The paper draws on participant observation, photo-ethnography and interviews with Melbourne residents, of Muslim faith, and predominantly of Egyptian, Turkish and Afghani (Hazara) cultural heritage.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00049182.2016.1191134
Field of Research 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940111 Ethnicity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Geographical Society of New South Wales
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