Singapore, Spirituality, and the Space of the State

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Release date: 2020-03-19

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This book examines spirituality in Singapore, showing how important the city state is for understanding contemporary global configurations of urban space, religion, and spirituality. Joanne Punzo Waghorne highlights how the formal religious spaces-temples, churches, and mosques-have been confined to allotted sites on the map of Singapore, whereas various spiritual organizations, particularly of Hindu origins and headed by a guru, still continue to operate as societies classified by the government with other clubs. These unconventional religiosities are not confined but ironically make their own places, meeting in ostensive secular venues: high-rise flats, malls, businesses, and community centers, thus existing in the overall space of religion, commerce, and the state. The book argues that State of Singapore also operates between the secular and the religious, constructing an overarching spatial regime that both accommodates and yet rivals the alternate spheres that spiritual movements construct under its umbrella. Both spatial configurations challenge the presumed relationships between myth and reality, religion and commerce, the ethereal and the concrete, the sacred and the secular, on the levels of self, community, and polity. Singapore, now deemed a model for urban development in Asia, also offers an understanding of a new post-secularity and perhaps reveals where the urbanized world is headed.

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Genre: Singapore

Collection: Bloomsbury Academic

Type: EPub

Pages: 280

ISBN: 9781350086579

Additional Information

Genre: Singapore

Collection: Bloomsbury Academic

Type: EPub

Pages: 280

ISBN: 9781350086579

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