Locating British Hindus' sacred space

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Nesbitt, Eleanor (2006)

This article examines the ways in which the sacred is located in British Hindus' homes, as well as in public places of worship. Attention is drawn to scholars' concentration on these public places of worship and identification of stages in the development of temples, and to the role of the temple as a resource and a site for negotiation involving both Hindus and non-Hindus. The contested character of the 'sacred' and the increasingly virtual dimension of 'space' are also addressed.
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    1. For the studies from 1984-9 see Robert Jackson and Eleanor Nesbitt, Hindu Children in Britain (Stoke on Trent: Trentham, 1993). For the 1995-6 study see Eleanor Nesbitt, Intercultural Education: Ethnographic and Religious Approaches (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2004), especially chapters 2, 6, 7 and 8.

    2. For a photograph of the temple see Robert Jackson and Eleanor Nesbitt, Listening to Hindus (London: Unwin Hyman, 1991) p 48.

    3. See Jackson and Nesbitt, op cit, pp 94-7 and 116-7.

    4. The research is reported in Eleanor Nesbitt, 'Religion and identity: the Valmiki community in Coventry', New Community, Vol 16, No 2, 1990, pp 261-74, and Eleanor Nesbitt, 'Valmikis in Coventry: the revival and reconstruction of a community' in Roger Ballard (ed) Desh Pardesh: The South Asian Presence in Britain (London: Hurst, 1994) pp 117-41, and 'My Dad's Hindu, My Mum's Side are Sikhs': Issues in Religious Identity (Charlbury: National Foundation for Arts 87. Knott, op cit, 2004, pp 67-90.

    88. Vertovec, op cit, 1992 and 2000.

    89. G. Skeie, 'The concept of plurality and its meaning for religious education', British Journal of Religious Education, Vol 25, No 2, 2002, pp 47-59 and Robert Jackson, Rethinking Religious Education and Plurality: Issues in Diversity and Pedagogy (London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004).

    90. This is discussed in Eleanor Nesbitt, Interfaith Pilgrims: Living Truths and Truthful Living (London: Quaker Books, 2003).

    91. Eleanor Nesbitt, 'Religious nurture and young people's spirituality: reflections on research at the University of Warwick' in J. Erricker, C. Ota and C. Erricker (eds), Spiritual Education Cultural, Religious and Social Differences: New Perspectives for the 21st Century (Brighton and Portland: Sussex Academic Press, 2001), pp 130-42.

    92. See Ron Geaves and Catherine Geaves, 'The legitimisation of a regional folk cult: the transmigration of Balaknath from rural Punjab to urban Europe', Scottish Journal of Religious Studies, Vol 20, No 1, 1997.

    93. See, for example, Flood, op cit, pp 61-5.

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