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Title: 'This Special Shell': The Church Building and the Embodiment of Memory
Contributor(s): Clark, Jennifer Rose  (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2007.00545.x
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Abstract: Religious, congregational, individual, and community memories are embodied in church buildings. Under normal circumstances these memories sit harmoniously together. Once the church building is destined for closure, however, the equilibrium of the memory platforms is disrupted, often causing conflict. The value of associating memory with a building is questioned, especially when such attachments are seen to impede the rationalisation of church assets. Through the process of closure and afterwards, the memory patterns and associations are reorganised, redrawn, and reprioritised. This article examines these memory shifts in the context of Australian religious history from the 1970s to the present day. Special attention is given to the Uniting Church in Australia.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Religious History, 31(1), p. 59-77
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0022-4227
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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