giovedì 9 novembre 2017
Anthropology of Globalization for Global Governance #10 & #11
First we visited the Sanctuary of the Divine Love, on the via Ardeatina. We wanted to see with our eyes what it means when a pilgrimage becomes a procession, and discover the huge moral distance between the old and the new sanctuary.
In class we discussed on a more theoretical level the impact of Catholic religion in shaping a city like Rome and the social consequences on the organization of space.
It was important to insist of the fact that locality is socially constructed and religion, through its RITUALS, offers one of the strongest tools for that construction. We saw how many replicas of the icon of the Divine Love there are in Rome, as signs of the need to anchor one’s life to some physical element in the space.
Then we analysed the second dimension of religion in the urban space, namely its capacity to project the city, like a brand, on a global scale of visibility, and we considered the role of John Paul II in globalizing Catholicism through his ability in creating MEDIA EVENTS.
Q1. After carefully reading the article on Homogeneity and Superdiversity in Rome, explain with an example of your choice how religion plays a role in creating the current shape of public space in Rome.x