Staging a Green Spirituality in the Parks of Lausanne and Geneva: A Spatial Approach to Ecological Public Urban Festivals

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Title
Staging a Green Spirituality in the Parks of Lausanne and Geneva: A Spatial Approach to Ecological Public Urban Festivals
Title of the book
Religion in Action: Public Events, Performances and Rituals in Urban Space
Author(s)
Becci Irene, Okoekpen Salomé
Publisher
Paul Bramadat, Mar Griera, Marian Burchardt, Julia Martinez-Ariño
Address of publication
New York
ISBN
9781350175464
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In Press
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Chapter
3
Pages
33-44
Language
english
Abstract
Under conditions of modernity, urban parks can be conceptualized as heterotopic social spaces (M. Foucault) within modern societies. Urban parks indeed symbolize an imaginary of nature for urban dwellers and are exposed to contesting secular and religious appropriations. Starting from empirical observations and conceptual reflections mostly within the framework of a study on ecological activism in two French-Speaking Swiss cities, this contribution focuses on religious practices taking place in urban parks. Whether the contexts in question are festivals, regular collective meetings, or even solitary actions, contemporary spirituality often takes place in urban parks. The chapter discusses the symbolic importance of such emplacements as well as the discourses accompanying the practices. In this regard, the way spirituality, society and nature are referred to, varies hugely and reflects broader developments of contemporary social change be it in terms of diversification and globalization as well as a longing for visible but non-surveilled niches
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08/01/2020 13:07
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