PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2013, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (5): 694-709.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2013.05.002

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Global shifts, theoretical shifts: Changing geographies of religion

Lily KONG   

  1. National University of Singapore, Singapore 117570
  • Received:2013-02-01 Revised:2013-05-01 Online:2013-05-25 Published:2013-05-25

Abstract: The paper evaluates the burst in geographical research on religion in the last decade. It examines: (1) the relative emphases and silences in analyses of different sites of religious practice, sensuous geographies, population constituents, religions, geographies and scales of analyses; (2) the rise in the discourse of postsecularization; and (3) four contemporary global shifts (growing urbanization and social inequality, deteriorating environments, ageing populations, and increasing human mobilities), the ways in which religion shapes human response to them, and the implications for new research agendas.

Key words: ageing populations, deteriorating environments, geographies of religion, human mobilities, postsecularization, urban social inequality