Understanding the geographies of religion and secularity: on the potentials of a broader exchange between geography and the (post-)secularity debate.

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Schmitt T, Glasze G
Journal: Geographica Helvetica
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 78
Pages range: 285-300
ISSN: 0016-7312
Language: English


Abstract

For a long time, the mainstream of social and cultural geography seems to have implicitly accepted
that religion is becoming obsolete and is of little social significance. However, since the 1990s, religion has
aroused new interest in the social sciences in general, and to some extent also in social and cultural geography.
Against this backdrop, a controversial discussion has started in geography on the relevance of theories
of secularisation and the notion of post-secularity, as well as on possible contributions to these debates. The
paper introduces the interdisciplinary debate on revisions of theories of secularisation and the promotion of postsecular
perspectives, referring, among others, to Jürgen Habermas, Peter Berger, José Casanova, and Talal Asad.
In a second step, we argue that an understanding of post-secularity that focuses on the contingency and contextdependent
delimitation of the secular and the religious promises to be fruitful for social and cultural geography
and can help us to understand the geographies of religion and secularity.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Glasze, Georg Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geographie (Kulturgeographie und Orientforschung)
Schmitt, Thomas PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geographie (Kulturgeographie und Orientforschung)


How to cite

APA:
Schmitt, T., & Glasze, G. (2018). Understanding the geographies of religion and secularity: on the potentials of a broader exchange between geography and the (post-)secularity debate. Geographica Helvetica, 78, 285-300. https://dx.doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-285-2018

MLA:
Schmitt, Thomas, and Georg Glasze. "Understanding the geographies of religion and secularity: on the potentials of a broader exchange between geography and the (post-)secularity debate." Geographica Helvetica 78 (2018): 285-300.

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