The metropolis and evangelical life: coherence and fragmentation in the 'lost city of London'

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JournalReligion
DateAccepted/In press - 31 Mar 2013
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 8 Jul 2013
Issue number3
Volume43
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)331-352
Early online date8/07/13
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article examines the interplay of different processes of cultural and subjective fragmentation experienced by conservative evangelical Anglicans, based on an ethnographic study of a congregation in central London. The author focuses on the evangelistic speaking practices of members of this church to explore how individuals negotiate contradictory norms of interaction as they move through different city spaces, and considers their response to tensions created by the demands of their workplace and their religious lives. Drawing on Georg Simmel's 'The Metropolis and Mental Life', the author argues that their faith provides a sense of coherence and unity that responds to experiences of cultural fragmentation characteristic of everyday life in the city, while simultaneously leading to a specific consciousness of moral fragmentation that is inherent to conservative evangelicalism.

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  • city, class, ethics, evangelicalism, practice, Simmel, subjectivity

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