Introduction: Production and Contestation of Meaning in Places of Interreligious Activity

  • Julia Ipgrave


This chapter introduces the spatial dimension of interreligious activity using as guidance the research question: What and how are the different meanings produced and contested in places of interreligious activity? An initial trawl through the ReDi project’s research findings through a lens of space and place confirms the dynamic, multivalent and contested nature of the meaning making. It uncovers a number of power issues bound up in the use, ownership and interpretation of buildings and places, and struggles between the pull of past traditions and forces of the present seeking to adapt to changed circumstances of urban plurality and mobility. The chapter engages with a variety of literature in the field as a way of achieving conceptual clarity about the processes involved. From the conversation between research findings and existing theory, six new categories are identified and explained for a more detailed analysis of our material in the case studies that follow. They are occupation, socialisation, abstraction, materialisation, sacralisation and temporalisation.


Spatial dimension Place Interreligious activity Production of meaning Contestation of meaning 


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  • Julia Ipgrave
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  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK

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