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From 'Chapel' to 'Prayer Room': The production, use and politics of sacred space in public institutions

Gilliat-Ray, Sophie ORCID: 2005. From 'Chapel' to 'Prayer Room': The production, use and politics of sacred space in public institutions. Culture and Religion 6 (2) , pp. 287-308. 10.1080/01438300500226448

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Bringing together a decade of research on religion in prisons, hospitals, universities and, more recently, at the Millennium Dome in 2000, in this paper I look at some of the ways in which sacred spaces in public institutions have changed over time, particularly in terms of how they are produced, designated, and used. The substance of these transformations can be encapsulated in the phrase ‘from Chapel to Prayer Room. Behind the various changes that I outline, I am particularly concerned to explore how the changes in the way sacred space is used contributes to new political struggles, particularly when it comes to issues of ownership, appropriation, and design. I also explore the particular contests that lie behind the separate provision of religious spaces for Muslims.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 14755629
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:37

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