Working Paper 67

Romanian Orthodoxy between the Urban and the Rural

Monica Heintz

Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’

Year of publication

Number of pages

Working Paper 67

In this paper I show the relevance of the urban/rural distinction for addressing the question of religious revival in contemporary Eastern Europe. My ethnographic account illustrates that only by emphasising differences between exposure to religious representations in urban and rural environments can we grasp some important recent changes in the way religion is practiced by different categories of individuals and communities, such as the creolisation of faith under the discourse of traditional religious belonging in Romanian urban milieu. My analysis of the exposure to religious representations is based primarily upon practices of religious socialisation/education during the socialist and postsocialist periods at the macro and micro level in southern Romania.

Go to Editor View