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Resisting the transcendent

Baker, Christopher. 2018. Resisting the transcendent. In: Justin Beaumont, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138234147 [Book Section]

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This essay tracks the oft-hidden acknowledgement by critical human geography of the significance of the transcendent as an ontological and imaginary concept that shapes the way that material and urban space is created. Despite a normative prescription against acknowledging the role of the transcendent—usually as a form of Marxist prohibition against recognizing the salience or religion and belief for modernity—I seek to show how an operant ‘transcendent’ tradition subverts and complexifies this normative position. The postsecular this becomes another way of describing this ambivalent and complex relationship that will become more entangled as the 21st century progresses, not less.

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Book Section


critical human geography, transcendence, ontology, religion, modernity, post-secular, normativity

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)


15 June 2018Accepted
15 December 2018Published

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Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2018 11:06

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22 Mar 2019 16:01


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