1st Edition

Sanctuaries of the City
Lessons from Tokyo

ISBN 9781138278554
Published November 29, 2016 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

This book proposes that we can learn from Tokyo about the instrinsic importance of in-between realms to an international culture: the sanctuaries. It argues that certain urban societies are more robust than others because they offer socio-spatial capacities that enable the development of skills for coping with modern forms of living. It studies places that may open the way to an international culture, namely market places, venues for performing arts and religious sites, which - with particular reference to the Durkheimian tradition - are considered here in their quality as sanctuaries. From its empirical analysis of such sanctuaries in Tokyo, this book develops a more general theory about mega-cities, urban sociability and identity.



Anni Greve, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark


'In this truly great book, Anni Greve explores the various sanctuaries in Tokyo, London and New York where we can practice cosmopolitan virtues and cultivate conviviality. Combining sociology, history and architecture, she uncovers how they offer intimacy and spirituality within the secular city. In doing so, she constructs a remarkable vision of a new urban sensibility.' Bryan Turner,City University of New York, USA 'The ability to socialize with strangers with civilty and hospitability is the central concern of this book. The sanctuaries of Japan’s Edo period are seen as central places for the cultivation of this ethic and aesthetic, and their survival or reinvention are crucial to living in our modern urbanized world. From this point of departure, Anni Greve throws fresh and eye-opening light on such issues as architecture, space, temples, markets, theatricality, rituals and performing arts. The author combines her insight into Japanese culture with an admirably broad knowledge of Western and Japanese scholarship.An impressive and thought-provoking contribution to cosmopolitan studies.' Henning Bech, University of Copenhagen, Denmark 'Developing the methodology of urban Sanctuary Research Anni Greve breaks new ground in the field of urban sociology, social theory and Durkheim's social theory in particular. That the quality of life in the contemporary world-cities depends on the quality of urban sanctuaries is an idea full of potential further developments. Greve shows how Emile Durkheim is still a valuable companion on the journey in the global world.' Massimo Rosati, Università degli Studi Roma 'Tor Vergata', Italy 'In Sanctuaries of the City, Professor Greve has created a masterful synthesis of key works in social theory and cultural anthropology in order to unfold the profound essence of Tokyo, Japan, one of the greatest and most livable cities on the planet. She ranges widely to address architecture, social space, religious practice, and the arts, among