Urban religious change at the neoliberal frontier: notes toward a spatial analysis of a contemporary Filipino Vernacular Catholicism

Tremlett, Paul-François (2014). Urban religious change at the neoliberal frontier: notes toward a spatial analysis of a contemporary Filipino Vernacular Catholicism. Philippine Studies: Historical & Ethnographic Viewpoints, 62(3-4) pp. 529–547.

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Abstract

This article sketches a theoretical point of departure for a spatial analysis of a contemporary Filipino vernacular Catholicism. Based on materials from religious studies, the sociology of religion, and ethnographic and historical materials, it focuses on the new neoliberal spatial dynamics of Manila and the extent to which recent shifts in its spatial constitution might be correlated with shifts in the sites and occasions of contemporary Catholicism, and in particular with the emergence of El Shaddai. It asks: If the neoliberal city is increasingly eviscerated of public and civic spaces, can El Shaddai serve to revitalize and reenchant the city?

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