28. The Sacred and the City: Modernity, Religion, and the Urban Form in Central Africa

  1. Janice Boddy and
  2. Michael Lambek
  1. Filip De Boeck

Published Online: 17 JAN 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118605936.ch28

A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion

A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion

How to Cite

De Boeck, F. (2013) The Sacred and the City: Modernity, Religion, and the Urban Form in Central Africa, in A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion (eds J. Boddy and M. Lambek), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118605936.ch28

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 JAN 2014
  2. Published Print: 21 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470673324

Online ISBN: 9781118605936

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Keywords:

  • modernity;
  • religion and modernity;
  • Central Africa;
  • the religious and the sacred in urban space;
  • urban space;
  • polis;
  • polis–sacred;
  • Pentecostralis;
  • matanga;
  • moments of freedom

Summary

All over the world, new religious movements have become a highly visible part of the urban landscape. Taking Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as a starting point this chapter analyzes new manifestations of the religious and the sacred in urban space, as well as the ways in which urban cultures and infrastructures mediate diverse practices, discourses, and affects in the various domains of the sacred. By investigating the alignments, collusions and collisions between the city and the sacred, this chapter intends to bridge between the anthropology of religion and an anthropology of the urban form and imagination.