Gods of the City: Religion And The American Urban Landscape

Paperback | July 22, 1999

EditorRobert A. Orsi

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"Fascinating insights into modern urban religious practice make Orsi's collection a must-read." -Publishers Weekly

"The essays provide insight into the cultural creativity, reinterpretation of worship and religious ingenuity of city people over the last 50 years." -Library Journal

"At last, a major dissection of the great mystery in modern American
life-how religion and spirituality prospered amidst industrialization,
urbanization, and rampant technological change after 1880!" -Jon Butler, Yale University

"Urban religion" strikes many as an oxymoron. How can religion thrive in the alienated, secular, fast-paced, and materialistic world of the modern, Western city? The authors in this collection believe that cities not only can provide the settings for religious expression, but also are material to the experiences which give rise to those religious expressions. In this book, they explore the distinctly urban forms of religious experience and practice that have developed in relation to the spaces, social conditions, and history of American cities.

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"Fascinating insights into modern urban religious practice make Orsi's collection a must-read." -Publishers Weekly"The essays provide insight into the cultural creativity, reinterpretation of worship and religious ingenuity of city people over the last 50 years." -Library Journal"At last, a major dissection of the great mystery in mode...

Robert A. Orsi is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University and author of The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950 and Thank You, St. Jude: Women's Devotions to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes. He has taught at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and at the Universita degli Studi di ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.04 inPublished:July 22, 1999Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Crossing the City Line
Robert A. Orsi
1. Libations on Linoleum: Ecological Dissonance and Vodou Ritual Improvisations between New York and Haiti
Karen McCarthy Brown
2. The Hindu Gods in a Split-Level World: The Sri Siva-Vishnu Temple in Suburban Washington, DC
Joanne Punzo Waghorne
3. Diaspora Nationalism and Urban Landscape: Cuban Immigrants at a Catholic Shrine in Miami
Thomas A. Tweed
4. Altared Spaces: Afro-Cuban Religions and the Urban Landscape in Cuba and the United States
David H. Brown
5. Moses of the South Bronx: Aging and Dying in the Old Neighborhood
Jack Kugelmass
6. The Religious Boundaries of an In between People: Street Feste and the Problem of the Dark-Skinned Other in Italian Harlem, 1920-1990
Robert A. Orsi
7. Heritage, Ritual, and Translation: Seattle's Japanese Presbyterian Church
Madeline Duntley
8. "We Go Where the Italians Live": Religious Processions as Ethnic and Territorial Markers in a Multiethnic Brooklyn Neighborhood
Joseph Sciorra
9. The Stations of the Cross: Christ, Politics, and Processions in New York City's Lower East Side
Wayne Ashley
10. "The Cathedral of the Open-Air": The Salvationist Army's Sacralization of Secular Space, New York City, 1880-1910
Diane Winston