The place of spirit: Modernity and the geographies of spirituality

Bartolini, Nadia; Chris, Robert; MacKian, Sara and Pile, Steve (2017). The place of spirit: Modernity and the geographies of spirituality. Progress in Human Geography, 41(3) pp. 338–354.



In this paper, we seek to map out the specific geographies through which spatialities of religion have been imagined. These involve such spatial metaphors as islands, networks and spheres. Less attention has been given to new forms of spirituality, and to the consequences of thinking through these for our understanding of modernity itself. We argue that modernity, religion and spirituality are entangled and spread through daily life. We conclude that adding new forms of spirituality to the mix of geographies of religion requires reconsidering more than the boundary between secularity and religion, but rethinking the place of spirituality in modern life.

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