International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Resurrecting Scale in an Emergent Geography of Religion
Dr. Michael P. Ferber, Dr. Trevor M. Harris

Scale continues to be a contested concept in human geography such that some have argued for the term to be expunged from the geographical lexicon. Alternative viewpoints contend that as a nuanced social construction, scale can deliver engaged and self-reflexive accounts of social life, even in a field as complex and contested as religion. Critical realism and emergence can contribute significantly to the ambiguated discussion of scale as social practice, extent, level, and process. A case study of adherents in three churches in West Virginia is used to demonstrate the value of emergence in a scaled geography of religion.

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