‘The Metropolis and Evangelical Life: coherence and fragmentation in “the lost city of London”‘
This paper examines forms of cultural fragmentation experienced by members of a conservative evangelical congregation in London, focusing in particular on how evangelicals respond to their leaders’ aim to encourage them to speak publicly of their faith in their workplaces and other social settings. Drawing on Georg Simmel’s writing on city spaces and modernity, I describe how conservative evangelical subjectivities are formed in response to the contradictory cultural norms they encounter in the city, and how through particular embodied practices, members of this church develop an orientation to a transcendent source of coherence. This enables individuals to deal with internal subjective experiences of division formed through tensions associated with conflicting logics of practice in different urban spaces they inhabit, whilst also reinforcing their sense of cultural distinctive.
Anna Strhan, PhD Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent
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