Discourses on Religious Diversity: Explorations in an Urban Ecology (Ashgate Ahrc/Esrc Religion and Society)-Martin D. Stringer

  • Title: Discourses on Religious Diversity: Explorations in an Urban Ecology (Ashgate Ahrc/Esrc Religion and Society)
  • Author: Martin D. Stringer
  • Released: 2013-08-28
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  • Pages: 165
  • ISBN: 1472411757
  • ISBN13: 978-1472411754
  • ASIN: 1472411757


Review 'Martin Stringer has produced a fascinating "bottom-up" account of the discourses about religious diversity now flowing through Birmingham's urban culture. Focusing on four arenas in which religious difference becomes manifest - clothing, buildings, festivals, and current event news items - Stringer charts the different ways in which people confront or ignore diversity, and the ways in which difference is downplayed or attributed to ethnic culture, or religion. The result is an insightful analysis of the ways in which religion, culture, and politics become intertwined and how the latent can be as problematic as the manifest. Through it all there is keen attention to the latest currents in urban social theory, making this a book for students of cities, of religion, of immigration, and of contemporary modern society.'Rhys H. Williams, Loyola University Chicago, USA

About the Author Martin Stringer took up a lectureship in the sociology and anthropology of religion at Birmingham University in 1993 and has maintained a constant interest in Christian worship, contemporary religious practices and the development of congregational studies in the UK. He founded and ran the Worship in Birmingham Project from 1998-2003. In October 2007 he was awarded a chair in Liturgical and Congregational Studies and has undertaken a number of significant managerial roles within the University. Over almost twenty years in Birmingham Martin has worked closely with a wide range of churches and other faith groups in inner-urban areas of the city. He is currently Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor with responsibility for planning, staffing and community relations. He is the author of many books and articles. pdf
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